A project Newry Museum has been involved with has won the prestigious Museums Association’s ‘Best Museums Change Lives Project’ award. The project has changed the lives of young people across Northern Ireland.

 Newry and Mourne Museum hosted many of the events organised by the team. Reimagine Remake Replay is delivered by the Nerve Centre, National Museums NI, Northern Ireland Museums Council and Northern Ireland Screen, supported through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s ‘Kick the Dust’ programme.

Newry Museum. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

 Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin said, “Newry and Mourne Museum’s collection, reminiscence boxes and tours of the galleries were the starting point for many of the participants and their activities including 3D printing, Tote-Bag making and last year’s wonderful Christmas craft fair, held at the Museum, as part of their event management module.

 The Covid-19 pandemic did not stop the talented team behind the project as they quickly adapted to restrictions and moved to an online delivery model. Recent online programmes have included creative writing, sound design, stop-motion animation and 3D modelling.”

 Project participant Sorcha Ní Cheallaigh, said: “I don’t know how the Reimagine Remake Replay team do it, but they run a top class programme with showcase opportunities and invaluable work experience, all the while caring about their participants.

“Within the project, I fostered a new and open path of communication regarding my mental and physical health. I could communicate my mental and physical needs as needed to those I’m working alongside and learnt valuable skills that I will be able to take into employment.”

 Reimagine Remake Replay also empowers and provides young people with the tools to deliver events exploring issues personal to them. For World Mental Health Day 2020, the project supported young people to deliver a three-day online festival focused on mental health, heritage and the arts. Participants commented how the project had improved their mental health both before and during lockdown, through developing new friendships, learning new skills and feeling connected to heritage.

 Project participant Rosie Oliver said: “I loved every minute of this online festival. Especially connecting with others like myself who are passionate about art, mental health and wellbeing and that sense of connection and community. It definitely felt like a space I could come into and be myself which is very much appreciated.”

 For more information and the latest opportunities for young people to get involved, visit: REIMAGINEREMAKEREPLAY.ORG

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