Mid & East Antrim Borough Council - Museums Association

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

Carnlough Heritage Hub opened in April 2018 in what was previously the town hall. It acts as an orientation space at the heart of the village, encouraging participation in guided and self- guided walking tours to explore Carnlough and beyond, into the Glens of Antrim region and its landscape, geology and maritime history.

The exhibition has involved local people in researching and contributing their stories and valuing their industrial heritage. A team of 27 committed volunteers staff the Heritage Hub exhibition in a meet-and-greet role.

All volunteers have gained a World Host Ambassador award to develop their tourism skills in promoting local heritage to visitors. One volunteer has also gained a tour guiding award and regularly leads Carnlough town heritage walks.

Volunteers interpret the exhibition’s research and signpost visitors to local sites of industrial heritage. From the exhibition’s opening in April 2018 to the end September 2019, almost 1,800 public visits were recorded, with 80% of visitors from the region, 5% from the Republic of Ireland, 10% from the UK and 5% from overseas.

To add to this achievement, the volunteers at Carnlough Heritage Hub were crowned winners of the Best Heritage Research and Interpretation category at the 2019 Heritage Angels Awards ceremony in Armagh.