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Blackwater Valley Museum

  • Removed information

  • This charity was removed from the register on 19 Jun 2018
Charity no. 101101 Date registered. 17/11/2014

Public benefits

The primary aim of the Museum is to preserve the industrial heritage local to the Benburb area, including the building of Orr's Mill (Listed) and the machinery dating from 1845 in situ and educate the public by interpretation of this heritage. It is also the curatorial policy to accept donations of machinery, at risk, which relates to the complete

linen cloth production from scutching to weaving and finishing. Admission is free and open to the public by appointment. As part of the Benburb Valley Heritage Trail and the Ulster Way the toilet and washroom facilities are open to the public by arrangement. the Museum provides an educational service to schools and research opportunities to engineering students at Queen's University Belfast. We provide, free of charge, the use of the site for public broadcasting. The Trustees encourage the study of water power/steam power and alternative technology, in particular Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and two energy demonstration schemes are in situ, open to the public and grant-aided by the EC Energy Demonstration Found (the turbine of this site is dated 1908). The Ulster Canal which is to be restored runs through the site and the 11th Lock (a scheduled monument) on the system has been restored by the Museum with the assistance of volunteers working under the direction of the Waterways Recovery Group and the tow path will form part of the Ulster Way open to the public. There is no possibility of "harm" as we are custodians of a listed building. There is no possibility of private benefit as there is no trading and no paid employees. Museum exists through voluntary effort.

What your organisation does

Maintains a historic listed historical building (Listed Grading B2+). Restores and exhibits historic linen production machinery and historic power generating equipment. Holds exhibitions, tours, and organises opportunities for volunteers to restore and maintain the heritage of the site, including the lock bank of the Ulster Canal which served the

site from 1846.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science

Who the charity helps

  • Interface communities
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers

How the charity works

  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Cultural
  • Heritage/historical

Charitable purposes

The Company is established to advance the education of the public in Northern Ireland and more particularly in the Blackwater Valley area and its environs by the provision of a museum.