April 2019

Updated News April 2019 

Treasure House Workshops - A series of 7 workshops in paternership with National Museums Northern Ireland and Clanmil Housing Association November 2018

To Commemorate the armistice and the end of the First World War, Living Legacies collaborated with the Tressure House project during November 2018. Tressure House is an externally funed HLF project, which aims to tackle socail isolation amongst the elderly. The projecy consisted of bringing in residents from Clanmil Housing folds and nuring homes to the Ulster Museum and Ulster Folk and Transport Museum where they enjoyed workshops that highlight objects in the collection and the different periods they reflect.

Living Legacies Project Officer, Dr. Michelle Young, wrote a short play for these workshops that highlighted the end of the war, the impact of the Spanish Flu and the issues around the return of soldiers from the front fromunemployment to disability. This was performed in the Modern History gallery at the Ulster Museum on various dates thoughout November.

Treasure House drama Sessions at the Ulster Museum
Interview with Sue Cathcart - Tresasure House Officer

To read more about Clanmill Housing Association please click here


‘Learning about some of the things that happened had a real impact on me especially as my grandfather was gassed during WWI’

‘The tragedy of the numbers killed and maimed in the First World War had an impact on me’

‘We have a lot of talk about ‘The War’ but todays then made us think of ‘The Return’ and the difficulties individuals/ families/ couples faced.’

‘The actors got into the role and I almost believed they were there. Thank you for the energy put into the drama’ 


Updated News April 2019 

Time Traveller - Teaching Resource Website

Living Legacies has launched an exciting new teaching resource which aims to engage and immerse Primary School pupils in the lives of soldiers who fought and died in WW1. The lesson plan presents a detailed guide for teachers and drama facilitators to deliver an interactive workshop which explores the experience of young men from Campbell College in Belfast. 

The workshop was devised for the Men Behind the Glass Project - a major restoration, education and community engagement initiative that was created and led by Campbell College and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project focused on uncovering the family lives and military service of 126 pupils and one member of staff who lost their lives in the Great War and whose photographs are embedded in the Edwardian wood panelling in the College’s Central Hall.

The teaching resource gives pupils an insight into the school life and war journey of Robert McConnell, a pupil of Campbell College who was called to active service in October 1915 only to be killed six months later. Pupil activities outlined within the resource include drama, art and creative writing tasks alongside a detailed guide for teachers on how to lead whole class and small group work. The lesson plan also includes a short drama script based on the history of Campbell College and McConnell’s letters home which can be performed by pupils within the workshop.

To view the full web site please click here.