‘Discovery Farm’ at the Folk Museum provides a living history experience portraying daily life on the farms of 100 years ago. The initiative is aimed at further developing the popular rural area at the museum and adding to its widespread appeal.
The project which has been jointly funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board will enable visitors to experience rural life in the early 1900s and uncover the rhythm of the farming year, discovering daily tasks and traditional agricultural practices.
Visitors will be able to meet the people who lived on the land, visit the blacksmith in the Forge, help feed the hens as they wander around the farmyard, meet the donkeys, pigs and goats, or have a taste of what’s cooking in the farmhouse kitchen. From country cooking to butter making, sheep shearing and spinning to horse grooming; Discovery Farm offers visitors the chance to see and participate in living history at its best.
Robbie Hannan, Head of Folklife & Agriculture, at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum) said “The rural area of the Folk Museum offers our visitors an unrivalled, authentic experience of country living from 100 years ago.
Visitors can explore a number of farmhouses and cottages from north-west Donegal to the Mourne Mountains, each reflecting traditional methods of farming, from small scale to commercial, in diverse landscapes which have been recreated to represent the areas in which they were originally located.”
“Through our new interpretative working farm programme, visitors will be able to experience rural life, discovering how farmers used their tools, skills and produce to provide for their families and create the cycle of country life.”
Naomi Waite, NITB’s Director of Marketing, said; “We are delighted to support the Discovery Farm project at this award-winning museum.
The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum has long been associated with providing an outstanding living history experience to visitors and Discovery Farm will further add to the museum’s unique offering. The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is a key attraction and important part of Northern Ireland’s tourism portfolio and this new programme is a wonderful addition as we prepare to welcome summer visitors.”
Discovery Farm will add a new dimension to activities at the Folk Museum and offer even more for visitors to see and do. The project has been enriched through a range of partnerships with external organisations including Mash Direct, Good Food NI, Ulster Wildlife, RSPB, Belfast Bee Keepers Association, DARD and CITB.
Mark Irvine, Head of Operations at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum said “Discovery Farm will offer an exciting new programme of activities within the Folk Museum. Just 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre with free car parking, superb retail and catering facilities I would encourage everyone from across Northern Ireland to come and enjoy this unrivalled farming experience.”
Discovery Farm will be supported by an extensive programme of events, demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the summer including Ferguson Heritage Tractor Day, Donkey Day and Native & Traditional Breeds weekend. Full details can be found at www.nmni.com/uftm .