An exhibition charting the history of Cushendun as a holiday resort has opened at the newly restored Old Church Centre in the County Antrim village.
‘Greetings from Cushendun’ takes visitors on a journey from the building of the Coast Road in the 19th Century through to the present day .
Using historic photographs, archive film and personal reminiscence, the exhibition covers the growth of tourism in the 19th century, the Gaelic Revival, the development of the Cushendun hotels and the influx of ‘Game of Thrones’ coach tours in more recent years.
The Old Church Centre officially opened on the 6 July and ‘Greetings from Cushendun’ will run until 9 September on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12pm and 4pm.
The exhibition has been curated by the Cushendun Building Preservation Trust (CBPT) and is part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services Peace IV ‘Understanding Your Area’ programme .
Monica Morgan, Chair of CBPT said, “It has been a fascinating project and we have really enjoyed talking to people who came here for summer holidays or came to work in the hotels, many of whom ended up staying in Cushendun. The village has been shaped by 200 years of holidays and we think the exhibition reflects this wonderfully. We look forward to seeing locals and tourists alike in the coming weeks.”
‘Understanding our Area’ is a cross community programme aimed at increasing the understanding and expression of our history, culture, people and places.
The initiative is part of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Peace IV Local Area Action Plan, funded by the Special EU Programmes Body, which is providing £3.5 million for community projects across the museum collections, historic sites and cultural heritage.