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 Latest News 24/05/2021

 Join Us on Monday 5th July at 7:30pm

n: Vernacular ‘architecture concerned with domestic and functional rather than public or monumental’

Vernacular buildings have adorned our Irish landscape for millennia. At their most basic they are buildings built by the people for the people. Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘vernacular’ but we have no doubts that you know what a vernacular building is and have much to share with us! You’ve definitely driven past one, maybe lived in one, and surely know a good yarn or two about one! Thatched cottages, farm buildings, maybe even a watermill or two? Have we got your attention? Would you like to learn more?

We would be delighted if you could join us on Monday 5th July from 7.30pm to enjoy an evening of all things vernacular.


With a line-up including Barry O’Reilly, renowned expert on Irish vernacular buildings; Cathy McGovern, local Fermanagh interior designer and stylist, and historic home conservator; Colm Donnelly, Co-Director of the Centre for Community Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast, and Rachel Tracey, historical archaeologist and co-ordinator of the online module. Come along to hear more! From how to identify vernacular buildings to the delights and tribulations of restoring a 200 year old Fermanagh cottage! To register for this event contact Elaine Reid via email -

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) in collaboration with the School of Natural & Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast would like to invite you to learn more about how you can enrol on our FREE four-week online learning course that you can enjoy at your leisure, learning more about vernacular buildings around the world, and here in Fermanagh.  We also will give you the exciting opportunity to join our two week field school, on how to record and read the buildings around you! 

For further details about the projects, or how to register as a volunteer, please visit

On the day you can click here to access webinar or to see full flyer click here.

Please learn more about the project and how you might get involved LELP Legacies of Landscape Information Booklet


Legacy of Landscape: The People & Heritage of Lough Erne

Have you ever wanted to learn how to go about collecting oral history? Or how to survey a historic building? Or how archaeologists go about an excavation? If so, a new suite of three FREE online heritage toolkit courses will be released this year by the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP). First up is the "Gathering and Recording Oral History", to be launched on 31st May, to be followed by "Studying Vernacular Buildings" (launch date: 19th July, Highlight Video) and "Archaeological Excavation" (launch date: 1st August). No previous expertise or experience is required!

Please learn more about the project and how you might get involved LELP Legacies of Landscape Information Booklet

If there is one thing we have learned over the last 18 months, it is how much our local areas still have to tell us. Developed for LELP by staff within the Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA) and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) at Queen's and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Foundation NI, each course will be delivered over four weeks in bite-sized components to help you explore your local heritage. Registered participants are able to take part in the courses as and when they wish to, and with supervision provided by our expert online tutors. Having completed these online toolkits the participants would then be able to join the archaeologists on building surveys in Fermanagh (scheduled for 9th to 20th August) and a community-based excavation in Enniskillen (scheduled 30th August to 10th September). 

To register please visit


 Latest News 07/11/2021

A big thank you for your interest in last night’s event!  Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) is delighted to be working in collaboration with The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP), the community and other key stakeholders, on these five very exciting projects, which span over two years.


Memories:  Life on the Erne

Studying Vernacular Buildings
Enniskillen: The Development of the Island Town
Mapping the Built Heritage of the Islands
Power & Pageantry: Exploring Fermanagh in the Times of the Maguires

Please click here for further information on the projects and how to register as a volunteer for the up-coming FREE four week online course on ‘Studying Vernacular Buildings’.    This project also gives you the opportunity to take part and develop your skills in our summer two week Vernacular Field School.

Please click here to see last nights recorded event showcasing talks by Barry O’Reilly renowned expert on Irish vernacular buildings; Cathy McGovern, local Fermanagh interior designer and stylist, and historic home conservator and  Colm Donnelly, Co-Director of the Centre for Community Archaeology at QUB and a big thank you to Rachel Tracey who worked hard to bring this event together.

We would also greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes and give us some feedback on the event, please click here.   


Again, many thanks for your participation and we hope to see you as a volunteer.