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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum March Craft Programme


The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum has an extensive programme of craft-orientated workshops and talks planned in for 2017, with various different events taking place throughout winter, spring, and beyond.

The programme guide includes an introduction that reads "The preservation and promotion of craft has always been important at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Making something can have a positive impact on people's lives. It can create space to relax and socialise, allow for the learning of new skills and the sharing of ideas."

Felt Bag

Saturday 4th March, 10.30am - 4pm

Make a bespoke handbag in felt. In the class you will learn about layout, inlay and separation techniques.

Fee: £32/£27 + £10 to tutor for materials

Patchwork Flowers Tote Bag

Sunday 5th March, 10.30am - 4pm

Spend the day learning how to make patchwork flowers which will then be sown to the front of a jute shopping bag.

Fee: £32/£27 + £10 to tutor for materials

Lobster Pot

Saturday 11th March, 10.30am - 4pm

Under the tuition of the Museum's award winning basket maker, participants will create a lobster pot based on a design used on the west coast of Ireland until the 1900s.

Fee: £50/£45 includes materials

Wood Carving

Saturday 11th March, 10.30am - 4pm

Join guest tutor Philip Steel for a day of woodcarving. Chippendale style, old English lettering, leaf & flower work, and more.

Fee: £32/£27 + £10 to tutor for materials

Celebrate International Women's Day

Sunday 12th March, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Have a great day out and learn more about the lives of women in the past. You can make a Suffragette brooch to wear in the parade, hear about the everyday lives and struggles of various women in society, help protestors smuggle sensitive items from house to house, participate in bonnet making, watch hat trimming, weaving, basketmaking and blacksmithing demonstrations. Special guests this year are Dr.Christina Henri from Tasmania who will be talking about the experiences of local women transported to Australia in the 1800s and Linda McKenna from Down County Museum highlighting the conditions within jails in 1800s for women.

Normal Museum entrance fee applies

Be a 'Smithy' for the day

Sunday 19th March, 10.30am - 4pm

Experience what it was like to work in a blacksmith's forge in the 19th C. You'll learn tricks of the trade, then mould iron to make fireside tools.

Fee: £50/£45 includes materials

Bladesmithing: Whittling Knife

Saturday 25th March, 10.30am - 4pm

Under the guidance of a blacksmith you'll make a blade from steel, then using a hand-forge method turn the metal into a stick-tang knife. Participants will learn to sharpen and hand-polish the blade and then hand-stitch a leather sheaf.

Fee: £50/£45 + £10 to tutor

Hand Beaded Jewellery - Chevron Lariat

Saturday 25th March, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Under the guidance of the Beaders Guild NI you'll learn beading techniques to create bespoke jewellery.

Fee: £32/£27 + £5 to tutor for materials

Turf Creel

Saturday 25th March, 10.30am - 4pm

The turf basket has been used in homes in Ireland for centuries. Learn how to weave one with brown and buff willow.

Fee: £50/£45 includes materials

Mother's Day - Crafternoon Tea

Sunday 26th March, 2pm - 4pm

Enjoy some mother and daughter time over afternoon tea in the Museum's 1900s Photographic studio. Under the guidance of the tutor, learn how to sew a bespoke brooch using a zip and embellishments.

Fee: £15 + £2 to tutor for materials


Many of the workshops will run weekly, and to see the full list of what's on, you can pick up a physical programme guide from many locations in NI, as well as browse all of the events by clicking HERE.

Where: Cultra, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EU