The Foyle Basin Project : Celebrating the Heritage of the Foyle Basin – its built, natural and cultural landscape
Project Officer: Dr Liam Campbell
The Foyle Civic Trust had identified a number of gaps in knowledge about the historic built and natural environment. It was felt that linking the physical heritage of the area with the local oral history and cultural traditions surrounding these heritage features, would create a fuller understanding of the Foyle Basin.
The Foyle Landscape Project attracted funding from a variety of sources. The project aimed to promote awareness, conservation and utilisation for tourism and cultural awareness of the built heritage, archaeological sites, natural heritage and landscape features in the Foyle Basin with a particular emphasis on those features associated with the Gaelic Order and the Plantation of Ulster.
Below is a summary of the various elements of the project:
Foyle Heritage Asset Audit
Audit of Significant Heritage Assets (Built, Natural and Cultural)
Audit of Co. Donegal Side of the Foyle
The Foyle Source Book – a directory summarising the audit.
Workshops on the development of heritage audits
(Landscape Circle model) – held in the Limavady, Strabane and Derry City Council districts.
Local heritage audits
Some 220 people from Bready, Donagheady, Magilligan, Strathfoyle and Aghnaloo helped compile these, which fed into the final work.
Foyle Landscape Heritage Trail Map
Based on the audit. Heritage Map Document
Living History Heritage days
– Hedge laying, Bready; in partnership with the Loughs Agency
– Gates, Slaps and Pillars, Limavady
Lectures and talks
Were delivered by the project officer at Strabane, Limavady, Derry, Park, Strathfoyle, Dunamanagh, Magilligan and Park.
On the Foyle Landscape Project – Clipper event, July 2012
Loughs Agency, 12 April 2013.