On Friday Mollie and Ollie will reminding people about National Heritage Week which will run this year from the 14th – 22nd August and there is still plenty of time to get involved. There is also a chance to win an OPW Family Heritage card on Friday morning. tune in from 6.30 am!
National Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council and supported by the local authority heritage officer network. This year they are inviting local heritage groups and organisers, families and communities to develop projects around any aspect of heritage – built, cultural or natural.
This year National Heritage Week is all about ‘opening the door to heritage’ and getting as many people involved and engaged in heritage as possible.
National Heritage Week projects can involve creating something new, such as developing research about a particular place in your locality, or developing an oral history collection about a moment of history in a community. Projects can also involve revisiting or building on a heritage project that you have already worked on, such as showcasing research you have done on a monument, waterway or traditional skill, and finding new ways to grow awareness of it.
In particular, consider how you can connect with ‘heritage newcomers’, who have not engaged with National Heritage Week before; groups or individuals who may not traditionally feel included in local heritage; and heritage enthusiasts of all ages, when planning their projects.
Projects can be uploaded via the project organisers portal from Wednesday, 16th June. The last day to submit a project to the National Heritage Week website will be Monday, 30th August.
All participants who successfully upload a project to HeritageWeek.ie will be considered for a National Heritage Week award, which will be announced in October. There will be 6 award categories, including a heritage award for the best project in each county, so get competitive!
National Heritage Week will also see the continued celebration of themed heritage days, when project organisers can develop specific themed activities.
Wild Child Day, The Heritage Council encourages kids and families to drop the devices, jump off the couch and get outdoors to explore the heritage in their locality. This year’s Wild Child Day will take place on Wednesday, 18th August.
Water Heritage Day will take place on Sunday, 22nd August as a collaboration between The Heritage Council and the Local Authority Waters Programme. As an island nation, our history and heritage have been shaped by the sea and the great Irish rivers, lakes and wetlands. Water Heritage Day will highlight projects that celebrate water and our connections with it.
For more information visit HeritageWeek.ie.
Prizes -OPW Family Admission Cards -T&C’s apply:
Max. 2 adults & 5 eligible children, aged from 12 to 18 years (children under 12 go free).
The OPW have announced FREE ADMISSION FOR 2021 TO ALL OPW HERITAGE SITES. As your Heritage Cards will be valid for 12 months from date of first use, we recommend that you wait to activate your card until 2022, or until the OPW reinstates entry fees at its sites.
Family Admission Cards exclude admission to Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney.