Find out what’s happening and how you can join in.

“Coalisland & East Tyrone: Historical Manufacturing Base of Mid Ulster” is a community initiative being delivered by Lough Neagh Partnership.

It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund under the Great Place Scheme grant programme.  Additional funding has also been secured from the Mid Ulster District Council.

Our project highlights the industrial heritage of the Coalisland and East Tyrone area.  The principle focus is the story of the manufacturing and extraction industries, such as brickworks, potteries, textile mills, glass factories, sand dredging and coal mining.  In addition, the project will feature the canal, railway and road networks that enabled the development of these industries.  The impact of man’s activities across the centuries is also being investigated by exploring the links between landscape and place-names.

On this website you will discover how this project explored these topics using activities, events, training workshops, performances and publications. Here’s what we’re doing:

Slide Drama with the Craic Theatre Community archaeology with the Centre for Community Archaeology, Queen’s University Books, videos, podcasts and images exploring these themes: The story of manufacturing in East Tyrone.

Field & place-name Interpretation.

Place-names, Poetry, Songs and Stories.
A public sculpture by Diane McCormick, a local ceramic artist from Ardboe Exhibitions and displays at the Coalisland Weaving Factory Museum and “Coalisland Experience” Qualify as a Tour Guide with an online OCN Level 2 course from South West College Community heritage education online talks and socially distanced walks Cultural events, with songs, music, poetry and prose of East Tyrone Fine craft skills workshops in blacksmithing, ceramics and jewellery making A bursary programme for people taking heritage courses
Want to learn a new skill? We offer the opportunity to try these:

We will also be developing a “Heritage Forward Plan 2021-2024” and looking for ways to promote and enjoy our local heritage in the future.

Project partners:

Slide Centre for Community Archaeology, Queen’s University, Belfast, Co. Antrim Coalisland and District Development Association, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone Craic Theatre, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone Diane McCormick Ceramics, Ardboe, Co. Tyrone Island Turf Craft, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone Mid Ulster District Council, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone Western Buildings Systems Limited, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone South Tyrone Empowerment Programme, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone
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