Following on from the successful three year Northern Periphery Programme project entitled “Économusée Craft International” the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) is one of eight partners involved in Craft Reach; funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020. Over the next 3 years the Craft Reach project will build on the success and on the experience gained from Économusée Craft International to develop and test services to help create an innovative project using new media and the internet to sell artisan products closely linked to cultural heritage.
The project will help quality craft businesses grow and prosper in peripheral areas by improving their business models, applying them as focal points in the local community and as inspiration for young people. The project reaches out to a wider part of the local community, but retains the artisan at its centre. The project will consist of partners from Norway, Sweden, Canada, Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Iceland and Greenland.
Each ÉCONOMUSÉE offers a unique experience, inviting visitors to watch artisans at work, learn about the history of their craft and the heritage of the traditional skill.
CCGHT launched Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Limavady, Scullion Hurls in Loughguile and Steensons Jewellers in Glenarm as the second, third and fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom in 2013.
All three workshops have been transformed into a visitor attraction where tourists can watch Leona, Micheal and the Steensons goldsmiths at work, learn about the traditional craft of Rapeseed Oil, hurling stick making and jewellery making.
The main objective is to develop services to support and foster local small businesses in order for them to not only survive, but to prosper.
The project will develop and test a service to provide artisan placements for young people with artisans in other Économusée network regions. It is important to show young people how heritage and quality can provide good, reliable jobs if developed in the right context. Working with experts we will look to introduce Crowd Funding to the artisans, explore the use of social enterprises for groups of the local community.
Due to personal circumstances our first ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom Marion Woodburn Jewellery in Galgorm is no longer in operation.
Nestled among the yellow fields of Oilseed rape in Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will find Broglasco Farm, home of Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil. Behind every bottle is a wealth of history. This local product, grown on the field where the Broighter Hoard was found, along with the colour of the cold pressed oilseed rape gives the product a brand image.
The Broighter Hoard or now more commonly known as the Broighter Gold, is a hoard of gold artifacts from the Iron Age of the 1st century BC found in 1896 in a field close by Broglasco Farm. The hoard included a 7-inch-long (18 cm) gold boat, a gold torc and bowl and other jewellery
At the Broighter Gold ÉCONOMUSÉE workshop, both Leona and Richard work hard all year to produce a premium product. Come and uncover the process involved in the production of the award-winning Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil. Upon your arrival to the Broighter Gold workshop you will see the oilseed rape transformed into a crystal clear golden liquid. Wander through the exhibition area and explore the historical connection to the Broighter Hoard and discover the Characteristics of Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil.
Learn more about the inspiration behind Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil and the local restaurants that use the Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil in their restaurants.
Take home a bottle of award winning Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil and enjoy all the health benefits in the comfort of your own kitchen. Why not treat yourself or surprise someone with a locally produced gift. There is something for all to enjoy.
Opening Hours: Please email/telephone to arrange your visit.
Facilities: parking available, no toilets, no pets allowed.
Scullion Hurls is a family run business located in the village of Loughguile, at the edge of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Scullion family invite you to visit the workshop and experience the craftsmanship involved in hurl making.
On arrival at the Scullion Hurls ÉCONOMUSÉE you will receive a warm welcome from the Scullion family.
Watch Micheál and Denis take the time to produce a Scullion hurl focusing on quality and finally hand finishing the hurl in the Loughguile workshop. Explore the exhibition area to learn about the history of hurling, the process involved in making a Scullion hurl and the family connection behind the business.
Come along and experience the Scullion Hurls production process and learn what inspired the Scullion family to start up the family business producing hurls and more about the local teams that use a Scullion hurl.
Why not explore the gift shop and treat yourself or surprise someone with a Scullion hurl or one of the many craft products made from the surplus ash. These include Cheeseboards, clocks, photo hurls, keyrings, pens and other personalised gift items.
Opening Hours: Group bookings should be arranged by phoning in advance.
Facilities: car parking, toilet, no pets allowed.
Steensons Jewellers are located in the village of Glenarm, nestled in the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For three decades the Steensons have been hand crafting their distinctive jewellery in the picturesque village of Glenarm, the first of the Glens of Antrim, along the famous Causeway Coastal Route.
Steensons was established by husband and wife team Bill and Christina Steenson after they graduated in Silversmithing from the University of Ulster. They brought an imaginative and fresh approach to jewellery in Ireland, putting their strong contemporary designs on show and to their delight found that visitors loved them.
Having enjoyed nearly forty years at the bench, Bill and Christina have handed over the reins to daughter Brona and son in law Dan Spencer. This young couple also met and graduated from the Art college and joined the family business as trainees in 2001. Their passion for strong design and enthusiasm for integrating new technologies with the traditional craft techniques sets them in good stead for carrying Steensons into the future.
From atmospheric landscape pieces in the seventies, bold geometrics of the eighties, minimalist nineties, to the softer organic feel of the new millennium, the ethos of the business remains as strong today as it was then, to be innovative in design whilst producing the highest standard of craft.
Visitors can watch the Goldsmiths at work using traditional techniques and cutting edge technology, forming elegant contemporary designs from silver, gold, platinum and precious gems.
Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the art of jewellery making, the rich historical design heritage, the origins of gemstones, the link to the American hit tv series “The Game of Thrones”and more.
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Group bookings should be arranged by phoning in advance.
Tel: (028) 2884 1445