The Bishops Trail from a Different Perspective Virtual Exhibition – to 30 Apr

The Earl Bishop Hervey contributed so much to our local landscape that continues to attract so many visitors from over the world each year. The beautiful Downhill Demesne and Mussenden temple are just a few examples of his contribution which stand so proud looking out along the North Coast.

This project was developed by the service users of L.C.D.I Adult Disability Day Centre to carry out a photographic and accessibility study of some of the most important contributions Earl Bishop Hervey made to our local area.

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage fund the organnisations involved were awarded a grant which was made possible by the money raised from National Lottery players to facilitate this project.

After months of research the group decided on the sites they would like to visit to take photographs and carry out an accessibility study. Many people take for granted that they can access heritage sites but if you have any physical limitations this can often prove difficult. We assessed access to the sites, terrain and toilet facilities so that if anyone had any physical limitations they are prepared before their visit.

The participants learnt many skills along the way such as how to take professional photographs with equipment that made photography accessible to all, also more about our local history and how the areas that we visited all interlinked to one another.

Gaynor Millar the Registered Manager commented on the award

“We were thrilled to receive the support of the National Lottery heritage fund and the National lottery players without this support the project would not have happened. The skills we have learned and the history of our local area will remain with us for many years. It is great to see that no matter what your abilities are photography is fun! get out there and give it a go”

Roe Valley Arts would like to thank:

Mr Paul McCorriston who was in instrumental to the success of the project. He volunteered long hours taking the service users on site visits and helping to train all the staff and service users how to edit our photographs.

George McGettigan the resident woodwork volunteer who provided the tools and expertise to teach us all how to frame our own photographs. Again working tirelessly with everyone to ensure the photographs were framed to exhibition standard.

LCDI for their support and encouragement along the way.

See the exhibition at the link below

www.roevalleyarts.com/exhibitions/lcdi-bishops-trail-virtual-exhibition

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