This St Patrick’s day: events all across the United Kingdom will celebrate cultural heritage. Traditional and Industrial aspects of our heritage will be presented on various family day events that dive deeper into our past. 

Below is a few ideas how to spend this coming weekend:




The European Federation Associations of Industrial and Technical HeritageEFAITH has prepared  campaign that highlights the industrial heritage during this Year.

This weekend various engines will be turned on in a series of demonstrations across the Country.

March is themed as EFAITH’s month of: Energy, Power and Prime Movers.
                                                                        From mills and steam to nuclear energy.


 The aim of the project is to establish links and cooperation between industrial heritage associations, both through the country and through transnational links between different countries. Twinning between European Nations will help exchange ideas and experiences.

During each month specific themes will be highlighted throughout Europe
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Bursledon Brickworks will be steaming their engine along with many others across Europe on the weekend of 17th/18th March – in celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and British Science Week.

Generously funded by the British Science Association, the museum will be open to local Brownie Guide groups (girls aged 7-10) who will be learning about science to the sound, sights and smells of the museum’s steam engine.

We are delighted to take part in the EYCH by steaming up in unison with engines across Europe.

This event is only open to pre-booked Brownie groups.

To enquire, email

Copy of EYCH2018

The Markfield Beam Engine & Museum – European Steam weekend

The Markfield beam Engine and Museum is opening their European Steam Weekend with an open public talk and demonstration of an original steam-powered Victorian sewage works pumping engine.

The Museum features a Grade 2 listed engine hall housing a restored, working Wood bros. steam-powered beam engine dating from 1888 – a masterpiece of Victorian engineering and an example of industrial heritage of social and engineering importance.

The engine is in its Grade II engine house, and participants of the tour will be able to see the remains of the original sewage works (some of which dates to the 1850s and is one of the earliest examples of a local community sewage treatment facility).


Kelham Island Museum Steaming Weekend

See the 12,000 hp River Don Engine, the most powerful working steam engine remaining in Europe.

 New displays explain the major role Sheffield played in shipbuilding and tell the fascinating story of steam power!  

Also visit the Power House and experience the roar of the new River Don Engine boiler as it fires up to full steam. 

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8RY 


Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Steaming Weekend

See Sheffield last remaining working steam engine on its original site in action! 

Built by Davy Brothers and installed in 1855, the steam engine provided an additional source of power to Abbeydale’s grinding hull. 

See recently restored working waterwheel in action!



Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle – Dunluce Castle will be hosting “Music of the 17th century and earlier medieval times.”

The afternoon promises music from Scotland, Ireland and the wider world will played on a range of reproduction instruments that you might not have even heard of by our living history characters!

Newtownards Priory Dow 006-018
European Heritage Open Day 2010, EHOD 10, living history re-enactors, candle making and calligraphy.

Meet the Monks at Newtownard’s Priory

The ruins of Newtownards Priory will once again come to life.

This unique Dominican priory is home for the day to the Prior and his Novice, medieval monks who invite you to try your hand with the quill pen and join them in this peaceful town gem.

The Priory

At the south east edge of Newtownards these substantial remains of a Dominican (Black) Friary founded in 1244 may be viewed.

They are the only ones of their type in Northern Ireland. Built by the Savage family the buildings were destroyed by Sir Brian O’Neill to prevent English soldiers using them.

Sir Hugh Montgomery restored the church in 1607 and added a small chapel but it fell into disrepair in the middle of the 18th-century. The Priory is currently not generally open to the public .

Longbow at Carrickfergus Castle

Come along to Carrickfergus Castle and Have-a-Go at shooting the longbow and learn the way of the archer Man-at-Arms.

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough.

Rosemount Grey Abbey

Gardening Project: Various Events

Living history at Greyabbey brings this monastery to life again.

The healing power of herbs will be showcased by the Brothers Apothecary at the monastery garden, mixing concoctions and tinctures to aid the pilgrims and wayfarers.


Greyabbey is one of the best example of Anglo-Norman Cistercian architecture in Ulster and was the daughter house of Holm Cultram (Cumbria).

It was founded in 1193 by Affreca, wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster. Poor and decayed in the late Middle Ages, the abbey was dissolved in 1541 but in the early 17th century was granted to Sir Hugh Montgomery and the nave was refurbished for parish worship until the late 18th century.

The remains, in the beautiful parkland setting of the nearby grand house of Rosemount, consist of the church with cloister and surrounding buildings to the south.

There is a small visitor centre with displays at the entrance and a reconstructed ‘medieval’ physic (herb) garden.

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