A collaborative approach to village planning and design that gives local communities a real voice in deciding how their villages are planned and shaped for the future.
A scheme to help communities become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites.
Our ancient history has bestowed on us a wealth of monuments that need care and attention to ensure that they survive for future generations to enjoy.
Through the Adopt a Monument Scheme we provide expertise, mentoring and support to encourage communities to ‘adopt’ a monument in their area in order to ensure ongoing maintenance and greater protection through increased civic value.
Aims and Objectives
This is an innovative way of bringing monuments and local heritage from the periphery into the heart of a community.
We want to help community groups embrace their heritage, site be it a prehistoric tomb, stone circle, medieval town wall, castle, church, bridge, graveyard, landed estate, mine, kiln, mill, traditional house or battlefield.
Our vision is that the chosen monument will serve as a focal point for heritage-related, educational and recreational activities and will encourage greater interpretation and understanding.
The Scheme offers opportunities to:
become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of heritage sites in your local area;
collaborate and work together as a community;
participate in community development;
boost regional tourism, business and employment opportunities;
develop and understand the story of your locality and
- keep active and learn new skills.
are currently five projects in the 2016 pilot scheme.
Further details on the 2016 participants and the programme
7 projects added to the Adopt a Monument Scheme in 2017
Resources & Getting Involved
you have any questions about the scheme please contact us at:
This extensive bibliography is a valuable resource for any researcher or student of Ireland’s coastal and maritime culture and heritage. BiblioMara is equally valuable for local heritage projects in coastal areas.
A pilot initiative for maintaining heritage integrity and improving the quality of our historic towns and villages for residents and tourists.