Past Exhibition: Exploring Your Roots: Family History Exhibition

Explore the fascinating collections of archival records, everyday objects and photographs.  Find out how museums bring to life the world of our ancestors.

Museums can be a treasure trove for people who are exploring their family history.  Trying to discover details of lives from the past can often lead people into new and fascinating worlds.  A free exhibition guide is also available.  The guide has been produced in association with the Ulster Historical Foundation and includes a detailed section on local sources for family history research.

This exhibition has been designed to offer a flavour of the diverse collections held within the Mid-Antrim Museums Service. This partnership contains: Mid-Antrim Museum, Ballymena; Larne Museum and Arts Centre; Carrickfergus Museum; The Museum at The Mill and Sentry Hill House, both in Newtownabbey.

*** Mid-Antrim Museum is offering a programme of events to help you discover your past. ***


6 December - Practical session - presentation on the work of the Ballymena Family History Society, 7pm, The Braid

6 December - Additional workshop at 8pm -  Each of us has a unique life story.  Our lives and how we have lived them are our stories. Find out how to access and organise your memories and begin the written record of your life at a workshop hosted by Mid-Antrim Museums Service on Tuesday 6th December 8pm at The Braid, Ballymena.  Writing the Story of Your Life will be delivered by Marian Ferguson and Daphne Stevenson.  This session will introduce themes and demonstrate techniques used for recording memories and events.

To book your seat please ring 028 2563 5977 or email:

Free admission to the exhibition and both talks.


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