Corrymeela Events


Heritage as Reconciliation, Corrymeela Ballycastle, N. Ireland

15 - 19 Jan 2018
Corrymeela Ballycastle


Heritage as Reconciliation:
A winter school exploring heritage practice in contested societies.

Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January, 2018 at the Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland


This Winter School addresses the roles of cultural heritage in building peace and promoting reconciliation in divided and post–conflict societies. Utilising both local and international perspectives and experiences, the school will include academic and practitioner inputs, dialogue and discussion sessions and participatory field visits. The School will be capped to 50 people.

Cultural heritage plays a complex role in conflict and divided societies. It has been used in the propagation of particular identities through the construction of complex and often competing narratives of the past. There is increased awareness of the deliberate targeting of cultural heritage sites and landscapes in conflict zones, to the looting and sale of conflict antiquities. Its destruction carries significant symbolic meaning and receives widespread media coverage. But what role does cultural heritage potentially play in divided or post conflict societies?


The School is a residential event, held at Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. The school is being organised by an innovative partnership comprised of Corrymeela, Quarto Collective, Belfast City Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council alongside Queen’s University, Belfast, Ulster University and the College of William and Mary. It is envisaged that the seminar proceedings will be published in a special Journal.


There are 3 cost options depending on your accommodation requirements. The options below include food (Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Meal), refreshments and access to the full conference programme, including an off–site field trip.

Single Room: £450 per person
Shared Room (Max 2 people): £350 per person
Non–residential: £325. For those who wish to book non residentially, accommodation can be privately booked in the nearby town of Ballycastle. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Thanks to support from the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, people resident in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland may be able to avail of a conference bursary if their organisation cannot cover the costs.  **The application form for bursaries closed at 5.00pm on Friday 24 November, 2017. Thank you to all who applied. We will assess applications and make decisions by no later than  Friday 8 December, 2017 at the latest.

To directly book a place on ‘Heritage as Reconciliation’, please click on the Book Now button below. There are also options to book transport to and from the Corrymeela Centre (see FAQs for more information).

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About Corrymeela

The Corrymeela community was founded in 1965 as a response to the growing community tensions in Northern Ireland. Now it encompasses a residential centre, an urban office, staff and volunteers working across multiple projects – education, community, faith, youthwork and international education. The Corrymeela Community also exists as a community of faith, with a membership of 150 who commit to “embracing difference, healing division and enabling reconciliation” in their daily lives. The residential centre hosts up to 11,000 visitors every year.
For more information contact Sean Pettis, Development Worker – Education via email or +44(0)28 90 50 80 80.

This project is funded by: