Connection & Division aimed to work with community groups and individuals in the Fermanagh area to increase knowledge of historical events in a fun and emotionally engaging way. The project targeted local history societies, teachers, community workers, churches, migrant groups and school pupils to encourage them to use and enjoy museum facilities for educational and community purposes.
With help from The National Lottery, many artefacts were purchased for the museums’ collections, including photographs, films, costume and works of art. The funding also helped the Connection and Division project to organise free exhibitions, along with new learning resources and activities, interactive exhibitions and displays.
Funding has also helped partnership museums to increase their research and provide opportunities for volunteers and students. The partnerships have been able to develop new methods of teaching and engaging audiences, such as events in Shopping Centres to object handling sessions in schools and community discussion groups. The project successfully engaged with schools through their history curriculum by making history more interactive.
Through creating a Performing Arts Project with a Fermanagh based Youth drama group, the Connection and Division programme showed how students from different schools could work together to produce historical pieces of drama and present their ideas to an audience. The project gained very positive feedback from the public who had felt they had learnt new information about history, and felt emotionally engaged in the exhibitions created for the project.
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