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Learn How To? Read, Record & Research Heritage!

6th November 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


On Saturday 6th November,  join UAH at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, at the Ulster American Folk Park. Following the phased launch of our Heritage: How To? Read, Record and Research Heritage Guides. UAH want to take this opportunity to further expand your reading, recording and researching heritage skills.

All attendees will participate in two 1 hour workshops, facilitated by Dr Liam Campbell and Dr Patrick Fitzgerald. Part of the Hands-On Heritage Project, this event is kindly supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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Workshop One

Workshop One will take the form of a dander and discussion through the Ulster American Folk Park. Here, workshop attendees will dissect building types, architectural styles, building materials, methods of construction, phased development, social history, topography within the landscape and contextual references.


Workshop Two

Workshop Two will explore the research resources within the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies library and further afield. Participants will be brought on a research journey, from the beginning, middle and end, learning how to effectively use research resources. Research dead ends will also be explored, exercising unconventional research avenues that we may not have thought about.


Workshop facilitators:

Dr Liam Campbell

Dr Liam Campbell lives outside Plumbridge in the Sperrin Mountains in Co. Tyrone and was born in Inishowen in Co. Donegal. He has recently been appointed as Director of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park. Previously, he worked as the Built and Cultural Heritage Officer at Lough Neagh Partnership and as a television producer on programmes such as Lesser Spotted Ulster for some twenty years before returning to academia. He has published widely on heritage and environmental issues, especially about the northwest of Ireland. His recent book Room for the River has just been published by Merdog Books.  Holding undergraduate degrees from NUI Maynooth and masters degrees from both Queens University Belfast and Ulster University, Liam completed his PhD at Ulster University on the cultural heritage of rivers. He is a visiting lecturer at East Tennessee State University where he previously held the Basler Chair for Integration of the Arts and Sciences.


Dr Patrick Fitzgerald

Dr Paddy Fitzgerald is Head of Research and Development at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. He completed his PhD. on ‘Poverty and Vagrancy in Early Modern Ireland’ at Queen’s University Belfast in 1994 and is co-author of Migration in Irish History, 1607-2007 (Palgrave, 2008) with Dr Brian Lambkin.


About the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies:

Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, based at the Ulster American Folk Park, is one of nine specialist heritage collections within Libraries NI. The Centre holds over 18,000 volumes, historic maps, periodicals and a virtual archive known as the Irish Emigration Database which is available free online at


FREE and Open to All. Booking is Essential. A light lunch will be provided on the day.


Please note: This is a free event with limited spaces.  Please let UAH know at your earliest convenience if you can no longer attend. Tickets for this event will be reallocated. 


If you have any questions or queries surrounding the event please do get in touch. Email: [email protected]


6th November 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies
2 Mellon Road
Omagh, County Tyrone BT78 5QU United Kingdom
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02890 550 213
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