Nerve Centre to develop 1916 and Somme centenary projects

L-R Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI, Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of  Community Relations Council and David Lewis, Director of Communications & Digital Content at Nerve Centre.
L-R Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI, Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of Community Relations Council and David Lewis, Director of Communications & Digital Content at Nerve Centre.

Derry’s Nerve Centre has secured funding to take forward projects looking at the centenary of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

The Magazine Street centre’s Creative Centenaries project has secured support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to embark on a cultural heritage programme during 2016.

The funding will be used to explore key events during the Decade of Centenaries, and will include a major exhibition to tour between Derry, Belfast and Dublin, comparing life 100 years ago with modern-day values and ideals.

A regional events programme will see arts and cultural organisations deliver talks, tours, music, drama, film and festival events.

There will also be an outreach strand to engage young people and adults in school and community settings.

David Lewis, Director of Communications and Digital Content at the Nerve Centre, said: “The Nerve Centre is delighted to have secured the support of HLF to help bring this project to life.

“The aim of Creative Centenaries is to shine a light on our past in order to better understand some of the defining moments of our history.

“We are looking forward to working with a wide range of fantastic partners including National Museums Northern Ireland, Public Records Office NI, Libraries NI, Linen Hall Library, BBC and many others.”

Paul Mullan, Head of HLF Northern Ireland, said: “Using money raised by players of the National Lottery, this fantastic project will help people learn much more about the key events of the last century.

“It will create a deeper understanding of how these events have defined, shaped and continue to influence our society today.”

Pictured: (Left to Right) Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI, Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of Community Relations Council and David Lewis, Director of Communications & Digital Content at Nerve Centre.