A local Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported project, recently completed, has seen 15 heritage sites in the Donaghmore and Castlecaulfield being digitised into an interactive Heritage App!
Managed by Beam Creative Network in Donaghmore, the project focused on using interactive arts and digital methods to raise awareness and restore interest in the heritage of these two important villages in our area.
To develop the Heritage App Beam Creative Network spent a year working with all local schools, Donaghmore Historical Society and a Focus Group using drama, creative writing and storytelling to promote an interest in our local rich heritage. The aim of the project was to use interactive learning methods to preserve this heritage so that it can be passed on intact, to the generations to come.
Using money raised by National Lottery players, the new App named ‘Walking Back in Time’ will appeal to people of all age groups with little or no knowledge of the history behind Donaghmore and Castlecaulfield.
The App is now free to download and is available for download on iTunes & Google Play.
Kathryn O’Neill, Manager of Beam Creative Network said ‘We are delighted with the ‘Walking Back in Time’ App and believe it will make our local heritage more attractive to a younger age and engage with them on a level which is expected by that demographic. This App allows all age groups to readily understand local heritage through the way each site is presented and with being free to download and use we hope everyone will have fun using it’.
Jacqueline Irwin from the HLF Committee for Northern Ireland said: “This fantastic app is the result of a lot of hard work and research by everyone involved in this project. Their efforts will enable many more people to learn about the area’s rich heritage in an interactive and engaging way, and we are delighted to be involved.”