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Religious Heritage Explored In Peace III Funded Exhibition At Museum
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DOWN County Museum has launched a new PEACE III-funded exhibition called Digging Our Faith: Exploring Our Religious Heritage.

At the launch of the project were Peace III and Down County Museum staff, Down District Council Vice Chair Cllr Gareth Sharvin, Professor Finbar McCormick and members of the Younng Archeologists Club.

At the launch of the project were Peace III and Down County Museum staff, Down District Council Vice Chair Cllr Gareth Sharvin, Professor Finbar McCormick and members of the Young Archeologists Club with Museum Curator Mike King.

Over the past year the Young Archaeologists’ Group has been exploring issues around religion and cultural identity. They visited many places of worship from different faiths both relevant to the past and to Norther Ireland today.

This exhibition and a subsequent book are the result of their learning and hard work. The result is an impressive and colourful exhibition and the young people have gained a great deal from their involvement with this project.

The exhibition which was launched on Wednesday 30 October  provides a fascinating insight into the different faiths and includes ‘hands-on’ activities for children. This colourful, vibrant and thought provoking exhibition is sure to be of interest to many audiences including schools, families, community and faith groups.

The exhibition is part of the museum’s Community History Project that was awarded over £224,000 of PEACE III funding from the European Union’s PEACE III programme, managed by the special EU programmes body and delivered by North Down, Ards and Down Council’s cluster.

The project aims to deliver a range of activities related to the Building Positive Relations theme of the North Down, Ards and Down Cluster’s PEACE plan and contribute to addressing sectarianism and racism by promoting shared and integrated communities through community animation programmes.

The exhibition is currently on display at Down County Museum. It is open daily and admission is free.