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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

‘A bridge to the past’ – new Alex Blair Collection exhibition opens at Ballymoney Museum

An exhibition showcasing the personal collection of Alex Blair (1941-2018) has opened at Ballymoney Museum.

Hailed as an historian, writer, lecturer, public speaker and tour guide, Alex has been described as ‘a great storyteller and an important bridge to the past’ who made history come alive with his knowledge of local characters, churches, organisations, and events in the Ballymoney area and beyond.

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A key member of the local community, Alex was actively involved in Ballymoney Probus Club, Ballymoney Agricultural Show, Young Farmers’ Clubs and Ballymoney Drama Festival. His passion for local people and places was evident through his work as an author of various books and publications.

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His life-long association with Dalriada School, Ballymoney started as a pupil in 1952 and continued from 1965 when he embarked on his career as a history teacher. He was fully engaged with school life until his retirement in 2000.

Speaking after enjoying a preview of the exhibition, Councillor Richard Holmes, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: “We were delighted to receive the Alex Blair Collection, containing an estimated 7500 items, in 2018.

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“This new exhibition highlights some of the items that have been catalogued to date, including a selection of paintings by the late Jack Wilkinson, photographs of people and places around the Causeway Coast and Glens and books and publications written by Alex. The display also features items kindly on loan from Dalriada School including his job application forms.

“It’s a fascinating insight into the life of a man whose name is synonymous with the Ballymoney area and we’re pleased to now share his legacy with the public.”

An inventory of the Alex Blair Collection has been carried out and is available to view online at www.niarchive.org.

The exhibition will continue until Saturday 8th January 2022.

Opening times:

Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am – 12:30pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 12:30pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Admission to the museum is free.

For more information, contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services at cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or for the latest news follow Ballymoney Museum on Facebook.

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