Adopt a Monument

Adopt a Monument

2015 – ongoing

A scheme to help communities become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites.

A scheme to help communities become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites.

Overview

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.

The Participants

Resources & Getting Involved

Adopt A Monument Manual
The Adopt a Monument Manual has been designed as a guidance document for participants in the Heritage Council’s Adopt a Monument Scheme, but we hope it is also useful for any communities who are interested in carrying out community heritage projects.  

The manual covers a broad range of themes including:

  • Research Techniques
  • Recording Techniques
  • Publication and Archiving
  • Best Practice in Care and Conservation
  • Interpretation
  • Promotion, Outreach and Communication
  • Funding Sources
  • Health and Safety
  • Useful Contacts and Statutory Requirements

You can follow the Adopt a Monument project on Twitter at or find us on Facebook 

If you have any questions about the scheme please contact us at: adoptamonument@heritagecouncil.ie

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