The National Heritage Week awards took place on 20th October 2020. Hosted by the Heritage Council, the event took place virtually and was presented by RTÉ broadcaster, Anne Cassin, with an opening address by Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister for Heritage in the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government.
To take account of restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19, rather than focusing on the organisation of in-person events this year for Heritage Week, more than 770 heritage groups and enthusiasts nationwide developed projects around this year’s theme of ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’. Comprising online talks and exhibitions, videos, podcasts, slideshow presentations, blogs, websites, social media accounts, as well as small, restricted social gatherings, more than 850 projects were submitted. Each one was considered for a National Heritage Week Award. There were more that 44 Heritage Week projects in County Wicklow.
The National Heritage Week Awards were expanded this year to include an award for the best project in each county across the island. Projects were assessed on the basis of their local reach and community engagement, educational value and the level to which they involved different age groups.
We are delighted to announce that Glendalough Heritage Forum (part of our iCAN network of community heritage sites) won the county award for the series of short films produced for Heritage Week 2020. The films were beautifully produced by Bailey & Blake Film productions and made possible through the enthusiasm of forum members and through funding from The Heritage Council and Wicklow County Council through the County Wicklow Heritage Plan.
View the short films on County Wicklow Heritage, our online community heritage for County Wicklow.
For more contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer on email@example.com