Tours of Riddel’s Warehouse part of Open Heritage Belfast EHOD 2018
September 8 @ 10:30 am - September 9 @ 4:30 pmFree
Our FREE event in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was fully booked and is now back for EHOD 2018 by popular demand! We’ve even added an extra day due to support from Belfast City Council as part of Open Heritage Belfast!
For nearly 100 years Riddel’s warehouse stored everything the Musgrave Foundry could produce, from nails to girders! As the building has remained empty for 50 years, acting as a buffer zone to the nearly police station, remnants of this industry can still be seen throughout. These include the weigh bridge, crane mechanism and pigeon holes.
Hearth acquired the property in 2014 and will soon begin the process of sensitively restoring it to create gallery and office space for the Royal Ulster Academy and other arts organisations. This is a unique opportunity to visit the building before these important works commence.
Come and meet with representatives of Hearth and their partner organisation, the Ulster Architectural Heritage to learn more about this fascinating building and others in Belfast City Centre. Until it is put back into use, Riddel’s like over 500 structures in Northern Ireland is classified as a ‘building at risk’. UAHS will be there to tell you about Heritage at Risk in Northern Ireland.
Tours of Riddel’s Warehouse will be available for over 16’s every 30 minutes 10:30am-1pm and from 1:30pm-3:30pm. These will be led by Marcus Patton, Director of Hearth and Nikki McVeigh, Chief Executive of UAHS.
*Over 16 Year Olds ONLY. Booking Essential.* A self-guided heritage trail of Belfast City Centre will also be available for children and families.
A brand new exhibition on the history and legacy of red brick will also be showcased in the spectacular setting – no booking necessary for exhibition.