Burns celebrated at The Braid
Friday 6 July 2018
A new exhibition ‘Hand to the Plough: The Impact and influence of Robert Burns in Mid-Antrim’ has opened at Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid in Ballymena.
It’s part of marking 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The importance of the Ulster Scots influence in Mid and East Antrim is widely recognised and is intrinsic to the developing tourism offering in the area.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar said: “The connection between Belfast and Burns is well known and has been a central focus of this story. This exhibit outlines the clear affinity this area also has with the poet, particularly Antrim, Ballymena, Ballyclare, Doagh, Larne and Ballycarry.
“Shaped by the migration of lowland Scots into Ulster during the plantation period, local rural communities shared deep cultural, religious and linguistic links with Scotland. This was voiced by a group of distinctive rural poets known collectively as the Rhyming Weavers, who are a central focus of ‘Hand to the Plough.’
“Culturally Ulster Scots is a living thing within our local communities and Council would like to thank local groups and the Belfast Burns Association who have contributed to this exhibition. Special thanks also goes to our exhibition partners at Ulster University and the Linen Hall Library.”
The exhibition has been developed through the Mid-Antrim Heritage Partnership between Mid and East Antrim and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils.
The free exhibition will be at The Braid until 25 August and will then go on tour to the Museum at The Mill, Mossley Mill (September – October 2018) Carrickfergus Museum (January – February 2018) and Larne Museum (February- March 2018).
Photograph: Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Lindsay Millar pictured at the 'Hand To The Plough' exhibition along with (LtR) Tom Beckett (Vice-President Belfast Burns Association), William McPherson (Past President of BBA),Dr Frank Ferguson (Ulster University), Samantha McCombe (Linen Hall Librarian) and Denis Currie, President of BBA.