A visit to Fernhill House Museum back in 2004, the People’s Museum, with (Curator) Bob Foster. Opened officially in July 1996, the museum depicted the social, industrial and labour history of the greater Shankill, the tradition of military service and aspects of cultural identity.

The museum is situated in Fernhill House, which was once owned by the Cunningham family. It is situated beside the Glencairn estate, one of the most deprived areas in Belfast and known for its high unemployment rate. There are few recognisable resources in the area and the needs of the community are great and varied. As a step towards economic regeneration, a community museum was established at Fernhill House by the Glencairn People’s Project providing local jobs for local people, and educational and recreational opportunities for the children and young adults both from the local area and further afield.

The museum has since closed to the public.

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