history and heritage of a building in Lisburn's Historic Quarter
is to be explored in a new project.
Lisburn YMCA has been awarded a Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £23,400 to examine the heritage of
the 100 year old Market Street building in which they are based.
A group of ten young people aged between 15
and 16 will research and interpret the changing history of the
building which has been the home of Lisburn YMCA for the past
twenty years but was formerly a shop, a bar and a home.
They will investigate this varied history in
terms of the building's use and the people using it.
The young people will lead the project
themselves and play a key role in the decision making process
will receive training in research and
recording techniques and support throughout the project from
The group will be collecting photographs,
artefacts and stories relating to the building which will be
used to produce a final exhibition which will be displayed in
venues across the city. A booklet, DVD and website will also be
produced to help conserve this heritage and share the findings
with the whole community.
Kevin Hughes of Lisburn YMCA said: This is an
exciting project for the young people of the YMCA as well as all
the staff. We are looking forward to seeing what we will
discover about the building and its previous users." Funding for
the project was awarded under the HLF 'Young Roots' programme
which provides grants of up to £50,000 for projects that involve
young people aged between 13 and 25 in developing and leading
heritage based projects that are important to them.
Head of HLF Northern Ireland, Paul Mullan, said: "The young
people participating in this project will not only contribute to
the social history of Lisburn but through their involvement they
will learn a range of new skills and develop their leadership
abilities and confidence, and we are delighted to be involved."