March 24th, 2021

The cultural afterlife of ruins

The Cultural Afterlife of Ruins is a new online creative writing programme that will explore our links to history, connection to place and what this tells us about society.

During the programme, you will take a critical look at buildings which no longer serve their original purpose and examine the importance they hold in memory and contemporary society. Using creative writing, you will discover new ways to connect with your surroundings and discover how the remnants of the past may contribute to our shared future.


Accomplished Author and Cartographer Garrett Carr will lead a session exploring the way writers, including himself, have explored and discussed ruins and relics (Author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border)

Rebecca Milligan, from Queen’s University’s School of Natural and Built Environment, will deliver a lecture inspiring participants to consider their surroundings

Develop creative writing skills in a workshop lead by Garrett Carr, who will help us to consider our relationship with ruins and abandoned structures in our neighbourhoods as you create your own work of non-fiction

- All participants will have the opportunity to have their writing reviewed with feedback from Garrett Carr

- Sessions will be delivered online via Zoom and Slack - all with the support of the Making the Future team

This programme is FREE and open to anyone based in Northern Ireland or border counties. Due to funding stipulations, this programme is only eligible for those who have not taken part in a previous Making the Future programme.

The programme will take place on the following dates:

Monday 22nd Feb 1-2.30pm

Wed 24th Feb 1-2.30pm

Monday 1st March 1-2.30pm

Wednesday 3rd March 1-2.30pm

Wednesday 10th March 1-2pm

Wednesday 17th March (creative writing feedback will be emailed on this date)

Wed 24th March 1-2.30pm

For more details, or to discuss any disability access requirements, please contact Shauna McGowan:


Project Contacts

Shauna McGowan

Community Engagement Officer at National Museums NI

Niamh Baker

Curator at National Museums NI

028 9039 5285

Danielle Carragher

Community Engagement Officer at National Museums NI

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