East Antrim Heritage Society
Pop-up Museum. – The East Antrim Battalion Heritage Society has a BB Heritage Display which tours the local area,and can be found in public buildings and shopping centres. The exhibition is usually set up for a period of one month, manned by a team of volunteers. The exhibition has proved popular and is well supported.
The Journey to get here – In February 2019, the Battalion executive granted the president, Mr. Drew Buchanan MBE to investigate stepping up a Heritage Society. A few companies had closed in the Battalion and the Drew was concern about “what happens to all the BB stuff”.
On the 1st of August 2019 the Society was launched with the purpose to record, display and digitise all records from the Battalion with the purpose of preserving, exhibiting, and celebrating our local history with the community. A database was set up to record each item donated, that item was then photographed and stored.
Following some successful grant applications and over 1000 items being recorded we started to exhibit the collection. Following another successful grant application we bought a 12 foot trailer and we then decided we would be East Antrim Battalion Heritage Society mobile museum.
As we approached our 2nd anniversary we have held exhibitions in Larne Library, Ballyclare Library, Carrickfergus Civic Centre and more recently we are renting properties for a month at a time with the purpose of promoting the recruitment into each of the 19 companies in East Antrim.
The exhibition is currently in 31a High Street, Carrickfergus, and opened on 4th October 2023 to mark the 140th anniversary of The Boys’ Brigade, and will remain open until 15th December