Appeal for Limavady ploughing memorabilia

RVACC have launched an appeal for ploughing memorabilia.

RVACC have launched an appeal for ploughing memorabilia.

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The Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre/ Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró is appealing for Limavady farmers, past and present to help them with an upcoming heritage exhibition in 2015 which will look at the history of ploughing.

The exhibition due to take place in 2015, will feature a selection of ploughing and farming artefacts belonging to local farmers as well as items from within Limavady and Green Lane Museum’s collection.

Jamie Austin, Museum/Heritage Officer said, “We have a number of items within the museums collection which we hope to include in the exhibition next year, such as a tumbling body plough, a ploughing performance predictor and items relating to 48th NI Ploughing Association Championships at Myroe. Along with these objects we are also looking to include any photographs and items that local people may have relating to ploughing in the area and the World Ploughing Championships which were hosted by Limavady three times in the years, 1979, 1991 and 2004.”

To coincide with the exhibition it is hoped to carry out an oral histories project to record the memories of those who worked the land and those that can describe the big changes seen in farming over the years. If this is you and you would like to be involved then please get in contact.

As well as having their artefacts or photographs featured in the exhibition, participants will have the opportunity to upload photographs and their memories onto the Northern Ireland Community Archive website (www.niarchive.org). This will provide a lasting reminder of the history of ploughing in the local area once the exhibition ends.

To have your photographs or items considered for inclusion in the exhibition, please contact Jamie Austin, Museum/Heritage Officer on 028 7776 0650 or email jamie.austin@rvacc.co.uk. All items selected for display will be returned to owners once the exhibition ends. Photographs will be scanned and the originals returned to owner.