Derry's historic city walls are the most complete in Ireland and are the largest ancient monument in state care in Northern Ireland. 2013 will be the 400th anniversary of the commissioning of their design and building.
City Walls Heritage Project
The Holywell Trust has been successful in attracting funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a programme of activities to engage people with the heritage of the Walls. The programme seeks to deliver on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s objectives of Conservation, Learning and Participation, especially skills acquisition and volunteering; the programme also seeks to deliver on the Holywell Trust’s objectives of Healing through History, Celebrating Diversity and Reclaiming the Walls.
Other national heritage monuments in Ireland have dedicated and learning and participation programmes and this is the void which this project is trying to fill. If you feel you can contribute ideas, time, photographs, stories, artefacts please contact us.
Derry's Walls Unpacked! History Conference April 6-7 2013
Holywell Trust is organising a two-day conference exploring the history and legacy of Derry's Walls. Speakers include:
Dr Brian Lacey
Professor Emeritus James Stevens Curl
Dr Annaleigh Margey
As well as lectures, the weekend will involve archaeology workshops,walking tours and living history demonstrations. For more information check out the programme on the events page.
Winners will be announced at end of January - sorry for the delay!
Ideas for Reclaiming Derry's Walls
Kevin McGovern and Willie Miller, urban designers, facilitated two workshops on how best to reclaim neglected spaces on and around Derry's Walls. Their Presentations and how to contribute to this initiative can be found in the Reclaiming the Walls section of this website.
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