DONAGHADEE HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMPANY

Appointment of a Heritage Outreach Officer

(part-time, 14 hours a week on average)

Background

Donaghadee Heritage is a limited company and a registered charity with the aims of conserving the historic lifeboat Sir Samuel Kelly and creating a Visitor and Heritage Centre for Donaghadee centred around the lifeboat.

Founded in 2016 in succession to a voluntary association that was formed in 1987, Donaghadee Heritage in 2019 erected a shelter over the boat to enable it to dry out and is now in the process of conserving it. The boat is owned by Ards and North Down Borough Council but is licensed to the Company for 25 years.

The Council also owns the land on which the shelter has been built. It has granted the Company a 5-year lease which will expire next year. However, the expectation is that the lease will be extended for a further five years, by which time it is hoped the permanent Visitor and Heritage Centre will have been built.

To cover the period until that happens, the Company proposes to create an Exhibition Room adjacent to the boat. The Council has indicated that it will be prepared to extend the area of the compound to accommodate it. We are in the process of applying for the necessary planning permission. The building will serve as a temporary visitor centre in which to trial a variety of digital and other displays which will inform the design of the eventual permanent Centre.

Up till now, all the work of the Company has been discharged by members of the Board and other volunteers. The Board has decided, however, that as the project is gaining momentum it is now time to employ a contracted person to assist it to plan and execute its activities and in particular to reach out to and liaise with the public authorities, the schools and the wider community.

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