HARD HATS ON SUNDAY
Portaferry people can welcome the New Year with a hot drink, hard hat and hymns - with an exclusive viewing of restoration work at their own arts and heritage centre. Portico will host its first 'hard hat' tour of 2015 at 11.30am on 11th January, preceded by an Epiphany service in the church hall. The NewQuay singers will present the anthems 'Sleepers Wake For Night Is Flying' and 'When To The Temple Mary Went' along with favourite hymns for Epiphany. Everyone welcome!
‘Celtic’ art revealed
Celtic style knotwork has been found in 170-year-old stencils at Portaferry Presbyterian Church, during work to transform it into the arts and heritage centre Portico.
The decorative feature – a 19th century ‘nod’ to an ancient past – was uncovered early in December by paint researchers Phillipa McDonnell and Paul Croft from Lincoln University.
‘Our work helps bring the past to life,’ said Paul. ‘It gives you a sense of how people really did live.’
(Photo: paint researchers Paul Croft and Phillipa McDonnell have been peeling back layers of time to uncover Portico's past. Image by Clive Price)
First World War talks
Portico Heritage Officer Verity Peet and Education Officer Clive Price took part in a major conference at Belfast for organisations involved in the First World War Centenary.
They joined like-minded colleagues – who are all hosting centenary initiatives – for the 'Lessons Learned' event at Queen's University on 27th November. Some of the speakers referred to a recent WWI initiative by Portico's colleagues at Portaferry Regeneration, Portaferry And Strangford Trust and The Last Post.
Run by the Imperial War Museums group (IWM), the day-long programme at Queen's gave delegates an overview of centenary activity across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Commemorated by groups across the globe, the centenary spans 2014 to 2018.
Portico: screen preview
Lisburn-based architectural design specialists 3DPix have opened a small window onto a big future.
They've created a computer image of what Portico may well look like after extensive restoration work has been completed. Colours are a creative guess until paint researchers have finished their recent investigations.
However, the video offers a sample of Portico's contribution to Portaferry's evolving landscape.