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**Postponed** Ruins to Riches: Revive, Repurpose, Reimagine Our Traditional Buildings.

24th March 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


**Due to the Covid-19 virus, and with the wellbeing of our attendees and staff in mind, this event has been postponed until further notice.**

Armagh City Banbridge Craigavon [ABC] Borough Council, Historic Environment Division [HED] of the Department for Communities, and Ulster Architectural Heritage jointly extend an invitation to ‘Ruins to Riches’, a programme of free seminars to be held in the Armagh area.

The aim of the seminars is to inspire owners and interested groups to look at potential new uses for rural vernacular buildings; get practical guidance on maintenance; hear from funders and discover ways to generate an income from forgotten buildings. 

Starting with a one-day seminar on the 24th March in Hayloft Palace Stables Armagh, it will include specialist speakers who have restored old buildings, information from ABC Planners, funding and guidance information and a trip to a cottage which has been restored within the ABC Borough. ABC’s Ciara MacNeice outlines the aims of the project:

‘ABC is delighted to partner with HED on this important initiative to help find solutions for the reuse and rehabilitation of these often overlooked buildings which make the area distinctive and special’.

FREE, All Welcome. A light lunch and transport between afternoon site visits will be provided.

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This follows the highly successful Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership with Ulster Architectural Heritage “It was Someone’s Home” vernacular conference in September 2019’ which was also supported by HED.

Ms MacNeice continued ‘We are inviting owners and custodians of traditional buildings to the event. Sincere thanks to the team in HED for supporting this through the Historic Environment Fund’.

In addition, there will be 3 evening workshops where individuals can speak one to one with funders, explore reuse and adaptation options and explore how to make a sustainable business model from an old dwelling.  The project will also include visits to a number of sites close by that have been restored. The programme will end in early May with a half day practical maintenance session.

The Project is a collaboration between Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Dept of Communities Historic Environment Division and Ulster Architectural Heritage.




24th March 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Hay Loft, Palace Demesne, Armagh
Palace Demesne
Armagh, BT60 4EL


Historic Environment Division
Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council


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