Ulster Folk Museum

Details

Location

Cultra, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Year

1967

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

Super 8

black and white, colour

Length

08min 44sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Mrs Lindy Reid, National Museums Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Mrs Lindy Reid, National Museums Northern Ireland

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Description

An ambitious folk museum brushes off the dust to bring the past to life. Let Archie Reid take you back in time to the opening of the Ulster Folk museum and the rural traditions it preserves. Watch a living reminder of the past emerge as old buildings are painstakingly rebuilt numbered stone by stone. Before long sparks will fly as the blacksmith channels fire and water in the Spade Mill.  

Notes

As rural ways of life were engulfed by an ever more industrialised North the Ulster Folk Museum was born from a 1958 act of parliament. It continues to create a lively world of artefacts to preserve disappearing traditions for future generations. Visitors can experience the buildings, tools and crafts of the past from the weaver’s loom to the blacksmiths forge. The museum also boasts some unusual relics including the ‘World’s Largest Sausage’ over 5 metres long, created by Seamus McTavish.

Credits

 Filmed by Archie Reid.

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