A new Creative Maker Club aimed at exploring seminal events in the Decade of Centenaries will begin this February, allowing participants to use digital technologies to engage with the past.
The initiative is part of the ‘Understanding the Decade of Centenaries’ project being delivered by the Nerve Centre in partnership with the Tower Museum and supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The Understanding the Decade of Centenaries programme will deliver exhibitions, community outreach programmes, new learning resources, events and workshops programming and a range of creative opportunities covering significant anniversaries until 2022.
Ahead of an exhibition in July 2018, participants are being sought to take part in a Creative Maker Club programme at the Nerve Centre’s FabLab, using digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting, to produce a creative response to the events of 100 years ago.
Participants will also go behind the scenes with the Tower Museum, get hands-on with museum collections, hear from historians, visit museum and heritage sites across Ireland and gain new skills and qualifications during the exciting project.
The programme will commence in February 2018 with regular sessions offered over a six month period leading up to an exhibition launch at the Tower Museum in July.
David Lewis, Director of Communications and Digital Content at the Nerve Centre, said: 'The events of 100 years continue to impact on our lives today. 1918 marks centenaries of voting rights for women, the end of the First World War and a general election that began a seismic shift in our society.
'The Nerve Centre is excited to be working with the Tower Museum to deliver an innovative programme that will enable the public to engage with the past in a creative way, while learning new skills and more about our shared past.'
Sue Divin, PEACE IV Programme Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: 'Council are delighted to be able to fund this exciting project under the PEACE IV Programme.
'We know there’s lots of enthusiasm locally for engaging with Irish and British political history, so we’d encourage interested individuals to take up a new opportunity for the new year. Have your opinions heard, learn some new skills, meet some new people and be a part of an amazing community initiative.'
Registration for the Creative Maker Club is now open to all adults aged 18+. Catering will be provided and travel costs to and from sessions can be covered.