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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

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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

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 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.    

 Latest News 27/07/2021

Vernacular Buildings Toolkit Last Chance to Enrol!!
Never heard the term vernacular before? Have you ever wondered how you tell how old a building is or what it is made from? Do you remember the house that your Grannie used to live in? You can answer these questions and many more on the LELP Vernacular Buildings Toolkit. We have limited places left.

Legacies of Landscape Event - Development of Island Town

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. 


Latest News 30/09/2021

Legacy of Landscape: The People & Heritage of Lough Erne (please click the image below to load the September 2021 News Letter)

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Latest News 04/08/2021

Digital humanities project set to follow the footsteps of 19th century surveyors across Ireland

Queen's University Belfast researchers have been awarded €740,000 (£630,000) to lead a cross-border digital humanities research project which will follow the footsteps of the surveyors who mapped Ireland 200 years ago. 

The funding has been made available from the Irish Research Council, and Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for Queen’s to lead a three-year project called OS200 in partnership with the University of Limerick. 

It will use 21st century technologies to analyse and visualise how Ordnance Survey staff operated on the ground in the 19th century and will create a free online resource revealing hidden and forgotten aspects of life and work from across Britain and Ireland. 

It has been announced as part of a 6.5m euro programme which is funding 11 projects, bringing together world-leading expertise in the digital humanities across the UK and Ireland. 

Image: Sketch of the measurement of the Lough Foyle baseline, 1826-28, from Ordnance Survey. “An account of the measurement of the Lough Foyle base in Ireland” ... By Captain W. Yolland (1847) 

Researchers in the faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s will work on the project, led by Professor Keith Lilley, an historical geographer in the School of Natural and Built Environment. Staff from the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA), the Heritage Hub, the Institute of Irish Studies, and the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project at Queen’s will also contribute their expertise. 

Other partners include the Department for Communities and Public Record Office in Northern, the Royal Irish Academy, the Digital Repository of Ireland, Logainm at Dublin City University, and the Irish Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

Professor Lilley said: "We’re really excited about the OS200 project which focuses on the impact and legacies of the mapping of Ireland 200 years ago by the Ordnance Survey and will result in new innovative digital tools and platforms, revealing critical insights into how the British and Irish together surveyed and mapped this island. 

“The funding will enable a team of researchers from across Ireland to uncover otherwise hidden and forgotten aspects of the life and work of those employed by the OS as they mapped and recorded landscapes and localities. 

“There is a strong outreach and community engagement dimension to the OS200 project and a final exhibition in 2024 will be held at the Royal Irish Academy and PRONI, marking the end of the project and the bicentenary anniversary of the Ordnance Survey commencing its survey and mapping of Ireland. 

“This funding and collaborative project further enhances Queen’s international reputation in digital humanities research, as well as advancing our geographical and linguistic research.” 

Welcoming the joint awards, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, said: “I am delighted to see these awards announced today, supported by the Irish Research Council. The ongoing partnership between the IRC and AHRC-UKRI will drive a step-change in the level of cooperation between these two islands in the growing field of digital humanities.  

“The UK-Ireland digital humanities partnership is a timely reminder of both the appetite and the potential for UK-Ireland research collaboration, both ‘east-west’ and ‘north-south’.  

“Maintaining and further building an international and a vibrant all-island higher education and research system is a key priority for government."

Read more here

Latest News 17/10/2021


Legacy of Landscape:
The People & heritage of Lough Erne


Do you have memories of the Backstreets of Enniskillen?

As part of the LELP Legacy of Landscape - Enniskillen Backstreets Archaeological project, we are interested in learning more about your memories of life in the Backstreets of Enniskillen.
Maybe you lived within the streets or attended the school or maybe you remember visiting the area.

We would love to hear your stories and memories of life in this area so we can capture what life was like in the streets that were once home to a vibrant community. We invite you to join us on Tuesday 23rd November from 3pm - 5pm at Enniskillen Castle Museum and share your memories and stories with members of our team.

Why not join us afterward for a celebration event at 5:30pm where guest speakers will celebrate the Backstreets and provide an overview of the findings of the Archaeological dig which took place in October

Due to Covid restrictions registration for both events is essential, to register your interest contact Heather Gott by emailing or Tel: 0770 250 8777

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Latest News 13/01/2022


Legacy of Landscape:
The People & heritage of Lough Erne


Newsletter January 2022

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are really pleased that the delivery of the ‘Legacy of Landscape The People Heritage of Lough Erne’ project is going from strength to strength we would like to celebrate and share some of the activities that took place in 2021 and give you information on a very busy programme for 2022 We are planning a series of events, both online and face to face, volunteer training workshops, Archaeology field schools and much, much more, we do
hope that you can join us in some of these activities!