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Making the Future

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Making the Future is a major new cultural heritage project delivered by a consortium of partners, the Nerve Centre, National Museums Northern Ireland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Linen Hall Library.

The cultural and heritage organisations are leading a change programme of cultural engagement, creativity and skills development across Northern Ireland and border counties, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Over the next three years, the Making the Future project will explore the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland and border counties in ROI and empower ordinary people to create a powerful vision for future change.

Through a programme of interconnected activities, the project will use significant objects, collections and archives as a stimulus to pose challenging questions about the past, ‘take the temperature’ of where we are at currently as a society, and create potential solutions for our future well-being.

Participants and audiences will have multiple opportunities to get involved, to have their voices heard, to tell stories relevant to their lives, and to make a positive contribution, changing themselves and society along the way.

Culture Lab: Making the Future

Examining identity and culture through a major interactive and participatory programme

Troubles Art

Exhibition of related art from National Museums NI collections, touring border counties


Exploring partition and the emergence of new social and political states

Creative Centenaries

Digital creativity programme of Hothouses linked to key centenaries in Ireland’s past

Women in the Archives

Uncovering hidden and untold stories from the archives of Linen Hall Library and PRONI

Conflict to Peace

Intergenerational programme examining our recent past through community loan box resources

100 Shared Stories

Creating shareable digital stories from the archives at PRONI reflecting on last 100 years

Cultural Fusion

Filmmaking programme with ethnic minority communities, exploring culture and identity

Making the Future Oral Archive

Development of an oral archive featuring participants across Making the Future