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Delegates will be able to select one of the options below. 



TOUR 1 - Conservation in Belfast City Centre + Inside Belfast City Hall

Start time     13.30 (at Belfast City Hall)
End time      17.00 (at Belfast City Hall)

Cost: £5

Noted Belfast architect Dawson Stelfox MBE will lead delegates on a tour of Belfast City Hall, taking in its sumptuous interior along with its exterior, grounds and monuments. The tour will focus on the venue’s spectacular historic interior and the conservation project. Dawson was a key figure in the conservation project and will share his experience with the group.  

Dr Andrew Molly will lead delegates on a tour highlighting conservation of historic features of the city centre, looking primarily at the development of the city from Elizabethan times up to the modernist masterplans of the 1960s, touching briefly on the effects of the Troubles on the shape of the contemporary city.

TOUR 2 - Conservation and Belfast Street Murals

Start time    10.00
End time     16.00

Cost: £15

A comprehensive look at the famous political street art in Belfast.

Delegates will experience the variety of local elements that require acknowledgement, care and in some cases conservation; applying fresh logical thinking and conservation practise. No better place than Belfast, a paramount City for history, growth, change and hope!

The tour includes:

  • East Belfast: discussing the political and new murals - depiction, style, form and colour
  • Crossing the peace line into West Belfast: discussing the political and new murals - depiction, style, form and colour etc.
  • Back into the Cathedral Quarter to view and discuss New Sanctioned Murals.
  • Finishing up at the historic Duke of York pub for questions and answers.


TOUR 3 - Day trip: Conservation at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart information

​Start time     10.00 (coach departs from Belfast City Centre)
End time      17.00 (coach arrives back in Belfast)

Cost: £5

The Londonderry’s family home reopened its doors in April 2015 following a three year £8 million restoration programme. Come and see how this transformation has changed the house – and speak with the conservators and specialist advisors involved.  

A free-flow day taking a relaxed approach to knowledge sharing, with talks from curator Frances Bailey, conservator Claire Magill, and Katy Lithgow, National Trust Head Conservator. There will be plenty of time to explore the house at your own pace, or join a guided tour. Please note lunch is not included, so feel free to pop to the café whenever you like.

TOUR 4 - Conservation at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle information

Start time    10.00 (from Belfast City Centre)
End time     17.00 (arrive back in Belfast City Centre)

Cost: £10

In 2014, Historic Royal Palaces took over the running of Hillsborough Castle and began an ambitious project to restore the house and gardens to its former glory.  The project completed in April 2019 with a brand new visitor centre, restaurant, café, gift shops and, of course, 300 space car park.

Constructed circa 1788 as a family home of the Hill family, Marquises of Downshire, Hillsborough Castle officially became the Royal residence of Northern Ireland in the 1920s and since the 1970s has been home to the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland.  It has witnessed many important events, several of which have contributed to peace in Northern Ireland and the country’s emergence as a significant tourist destination.  Guests to Hillsborough Castle literally walk in the footsteps of president and princesses.

On this visit, there will be an opportunity to choose from a selection of tours, specifically set out below:

  • Castle Tour: Tour through the State Rooms of the castle, listening to its history and learning about the important events that took place, shaping Northern Ireland's history.
  • Conservation tour:  Listen to how the castle was represented and conservation introduced by Historic Royal Palaces, to care for the precious collection that is held within the building.  This will also include a tour of the newly built conservation facility.
  • Garden Tour: Be guided though the gardens and learn about the design, history and special breeds of plants, which are located here.
  • Town Tour: Learn about the history of the village, built and improved by the Hills Family, including the 17th Century Fort and late eighteenth century Market and Courthouse.

Lunch which can be purchased from a venue of your choice at the Castle or in the surrounding village. 

TOUR 5 - The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and NMNI Museum Store

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum information

Start time:        13.00 (tbc)
End time:          17.00 (tbc)

Cost: £5

The National Museum Northern Ireland holds diverse collections across four museum sites. This tour provides an insight into aspects of the collections at Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and the Museums Main Off-Site Store.

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum occupies an extensive 180 acre site just outside Belfast. The tour will cover how collections are cared for in the Ulster Folk Museum which includes a range of exhibit buildings that immerse visitors in Ulster life at the turn of the century.  A tour of the neighbouring Transport Museum will address some of the key issues in caring for large collections and an opportunity to see how the “Take Care” project seeks to balance access and care issues for collections on open display. The Main Off-Site Store holds the majority of the Ulster Museum reserve collections and offers an opportunity to see behind the scenes at the collections and conservation facilities.

Participants are asked to dress for the outdoors and to wear good walking shoes as vehicular access is restricted to the UFTM sites.

BONUS! - Friday tours for friends and family 

Start time:   14.00
End time:    17.00

Cost: £15

Have friends or family coming to join you in Belfast? They are welcome to join us at the Conference Dinner - so on Friday we've arranged a series of tours for them!

They'll be able to spend the afternoon on guided tours exploring historic Belfast City Centre, and get the chance to take a closer look at the sumptuous interior and surroundings of Belfast City Hall.



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