Industrial heritage of Glens brought to life

Mayor and Mayoress for Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid and Carol Reid getting festivities underway at the Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub event on Saturday.
Mayor and Mayoress for Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid and Carol Reid getting festivities underway at the Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub event on Saturday.

The rich industrial heritage of Carnlough and the Glens has been brought back to life during a fascinating day of storytelling and children’s activities.

Volunteers uncovered the hidden history of the area, including the recounting of the incredible story of Glenravel’s once thriving iron ore mining industry, at an event hosted by Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub.

The group staged its third free, family friendly event in Carnlough Town Hall, which included craft activities, traditional music, storytelling sessions and a talk entitled The Mountains of Iron.

There was also a fabulous interactive art display featuring the hard work of pupils from two local primary schools, St John’s and Carnlough Integrated.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid said: “It was a wonderful afternoon which was thoroughly enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

“Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub truly brought the incredible history of the area back to life and shone a spotlight on what was once a dynamic and thriving industrial hub.

“Congratulations and well done to all of those involved and I look forward to learning more about the history beneath our feet through their wonderful events in the future.”

The Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub project is led by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, in partnership with funding partners the Heritage Lottery Fund, and in collaboration with Carnlough Community Association and the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.

Volunteers are key to boosting the project and Mid Antrim Museums are running a recruitment campaign to get more people involved.

They will help research and deliver guided tours on the industrial heritage of limestone quarrying, iron ore mining and geology in the spectacular and beautiful hills around Carnlough and the wider Glens.

It is hoped the guided tours will provide the groundwork for community and self-guided tourism that the Interpretative Hub will eventually develop.

There are roles available for illustrative tour guides and general assistants at www.volunteernow.co.uk Donald Bell, Museum Access Officer E: donald.bell@midandeastantrim.gov.uk T: 028 25 635021.