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Live and Learn

Over the last six years, the Live and Learn project has provided over 20,000 learning opportunities for older people, who would not normally visit museums. The Live and Learn project was a partnership with Age NI and was funded by Big Lottery. The project was designed to increase accessibility and engagement with museums and collections and resulted in many innovative and imaginative programmes. Much of the work of the project is now embedded on each of our sites including Making Connections which allows free access for Over 50s to our museums on scheduled Wednesday afternoons. 

Paddy Gilmore, Director of Learning and Partnership at National Museums Northern Ireland, said “The Live and Learn project has been a catalyst for the development of National Museums Northern Ireland’s lifelong learning programme. It has formed the basis of future interest and potential developments in relation to how museums impact on the health and wellbeing of older people. This project has been incredibly enriching for our staff and participants alike – it has been a time of connecting our collections to begin rich conversation and the sharing of stories.”

If you have any queries about the project please contact Catherine McCullough, Head of Learning and Partnership, NMNI at the Ulster American Folk Park on