Join Up For the Peace IV Course On Shared History


Call for participants to take part in a PEACE IV Shared History and Culture Course focusing on Sir Hans Sloane.

 ‘Preserving or Plundering? Sir Hans Sloane to Modern Museums’ is a free course that Down County Museum is offering for people living in the Newry Mourne and Down District Council area.

The course will begin on Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 7.00pm in Down County Museum. It will deal with the life and achievements of Sir Hans Sloane, a native of Killyleagh, and will look at his legacy and the issues facing museums today. Three study trips are included.

A bust of Sir Hans Sloane, the inventor of chocolate, looks over room one at the British Museum which he founded.

Course co-ordinator Shirley Lennon said: “This course is part of a Newry Mourne & Down District Council Shared History and Culture programme, a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The PEACE IV Programme is a cross-community initiative.

“It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. The EU’s PEACE IV Programme also contributes to the promotion of social and economic stability, in particular through actions to promote cohesion between communities.

A bust of Sir Hans Sloane at the British Museum. (Photo by Michael Rhysbrack.)

“This PEACE IV funded project is seeking to recruit 20-30 interested participants from throughout the community. The course will run from February to April 2020 and be based mainly in Down County Museum. Participants should be resident within the NMDDC Council area and be able to commit to the requirements of the entire 26-hour PEACE IV Course.

“So please email me at if you are interested in attending.

“My contacts are or ring 077718084708 if you want to find out more. Registration is essential.

“This cross-community project will focus on the impact of Sir Hans Sloane on the development of museums and collections. A key component of this course will be increasing understanding of cultural diversity and how this has been reflected in museums. It will examine attitudes to collecting and interpreting cultural artefacts from around the world.”

The course will give participants free access to a series of three study visits to the Ulster Museum (The Troubles Gallery), The Robinson Library and Armagh Museum and The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.

Lectures by a series of experts will include talks on Sir Hans Sloane’s early life in Killyleagh; Hans Sloane, the Physician and Scientist; Hans Sloane’s links to the British Museum with video tour of the Enlightenment Gallery, as well as talks and workshops on issues facing modern museums and collecting and preserving the past. Clive Scoular, local historian, will lead a talk and tour of Killyleagh on Saturday 8th February from 10.00am as part of the course.

Participants will be involved in producing some learning resources. Entrance fees, refreshments and transport will be provided.  



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