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Posted 7 December 2021

Our Places, Our Pasts, Our Perspectives


Leadership in Contested Heritage Course
Our Places; Our Pasts; Our Perspectives supports local communities to interrogate and interpret contested heritage in their local landscape and build peaceful, inclusive and sustainable places.

The project aims to build a community of practice around engaging with contested heritage in Northern Ireland. We recognise that at a local level many people are already involved in this work and making positive change within their communities. But we also know that this type of work can often be difficult and isolating.

We want to connect with local leaders and facilitators across the heritage and community development sectors interested in social innovation. We want to create space for reflection, collaboration and shared learning. We want to develop a shared understanding of best practice in contested heritage based on ethical and participative principles.

What is required to participate in the course?
We want to hear from individuals who are committed to engaging with contested heritage in a divided society, with an ability to identify opportunities for making change within your place of work or residence.

The course will be delivered through a combination of online and in-person learning. The first part of the course will consist of a weekend residential at Corrymeela. This will be followed by a full day session in person and will be supported by additional online sessions.  The course will finish with a second weekend residential, again at Corrymeela. (In person activities may be subject to change according to current Covid-19 restrictions.)

The course has been accredited by OCN at Level 3 with 6 credits. Completion of the accreditation is not essential for participation. Assessment will be through a number of practice-based tasks and the design of a contested heritage project relevant to your work or residential context. Two days additional mentoring support will be offered to each participant as you set out to put your learning into practice in your place of work or residence.

Residential: 14th – 16th January 2022
Full day: 12 February 2022 (venue TBC)
Residential: 11th – 13th March 2022
With additional online sessions and resources to provide support and mentorship alongside in-person learning

The course is fully funded through our grant from National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Community Relations Council. The only charge is for the accreditation fee which is £30.

How to apply:
If this sound like something you’d like to be part of, we’d love to hear from you. For more information email:

To register your interest in participating on this course, please complete the following form:
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(Please note that places are limited)

More information on the project and partnership can be found at