Stories behind the Stones launch event

Thursday 2 May 2019

This week saw the launch of Stories behind the Stones: Churchyards of Antrim and Carrickfergus, a new exhibition and trails developed by the Mid Antrim Heritage Partnership.

Dr William Roulston, Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation(right), Shirin Murphy and Brian Blair from Carrickfergus Congregational Church who was instrumental in arranging a loan of church objects to the museum

An audience gathered on Wednesday evening (May 1) at Carrickfergus Museum to hear historian and genealogy expert, Dr William Roulston speak at the event.

The project aims to draw attention to the numerous sources of information for the family historian or interested visitor tracing their roots.

Dr Roulston, Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation delighted the crowd, revealing all kinds of information that can be gathered from visiting old churchyards.

The exhibition features objects from the Carrickfergus Museum collection as well as items from some of the local churches.

These include an 18th century pulpit Bible from North Street First Carrickfergus Presbyterian Church, and an early 19th century offertory tray from Carrickfergus Congregational Church, which was originally used in the old Independent Meeting House at Quay gate, next to the Customs House (later the Anchor Inn).

The Churchyard trail is available from Carrickfergus Museum, and the exhibition will be on display until May 30.