£85k investment for Moneypenny’s Forge and Lock House

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is set to press forward with an exciting £85,000 investment plan for Moneypenny’s Forge and Lock House.

Set in the beautiful and historic location on the Newry canal just outside Portadown, Moneypenny’s Forge and Lock House will benefit significantly from the “Our Heritage” award – helping modernise its visitor facilities and sustain a multi-faceted educational programme.

The HLF scheme was announced at a special launch event where attendees got to experience a live blacksmithing demonstration, which showcased the specialist skills and techniques.

Welcoming the launch of the project, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson commented: “It brings me great pleasure to see this significant investment for Moneypenny’s Forge and Lock House, which promises to go a long way in helping preserve the traditional skills of the ancient craft of blacksmithing.”

Now in its 10th year, Moneypenny’s Forge and Lock House is a space where people can meet, learn and make. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of generations of blacksmiths who were integral in making the tools, household and farm necessities used in everyday life.

Jim McGreevy, from Heritage Lottery Fund’s NI Committee, was on hand to see the forge project launched and commented: “Our industrial heritage is crucially important to the Northern Ireland story and it is fantastic to be able to support a project that is helping to build and sustain the incredible traditional skill of blacksmithing.

“It is also great to see the historic former stables building in use. The wide range of events and activities will allow people to just have a go or to immerse themselves in the skill of blacksmithing. It is thanks to continued efforts of National Lottery players that we can support these local heritage projects”

To find out more about the programmes at Moneypenny’s Forge and Lock House please contact Emma Drury on 028 38311680 or Emma.Drury@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

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