Heritage Plan & Heritage Forum
Galway County Heritage Plan 2010-2016 is the second Heritage Plan for County Galway and carries forward the overall aim of the first plan, that is ‘to place heritage at the heart of the life of the county through increasing awareness, enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of our shared heritage thereby leading to its proper management and protection and safeguarding it for future generations’.
What Galway County Heritage Plan proposes to do?
Galway County Heritage Plan 2010-2016 is County Galway’s second heritage plan. It is a six year specific action plan of projects to be undertaken in County Galway, directed by Galway County Heritage Forum. The programme delivery is co-ordinated by the County Heritage Officer based in Galway County Council.
Galway County Heritage Forum
The second County Galway Heritage Forum, which comprises sectorial interests such Local Government, the County Development Board, landowners and farmers, state agencies, local development agencies, the education and heritage sector and the community and voluntary sector, was established on 11th February 2008.
The Forum is a non-statutory advisory group that was established to provide advice and guidance regarding the development and implementation of Galway County Heritage Plan 2010-2016. The Forum meets three times a year to develop and review an annual programme of works. Working groups convene when needed to develop specific actions and projects. The working groups can also be composed of persons who are not Galway County Heritage Forum members but who have knowledge and expertise in relation to the specific action or project
Each year the Forum both considers and proposes actions and related projects that it hopes to delivery in the following year. Proposals may come from the local heritage organisations, schools or community groups who have identified a particular heritage need at local level or they may come from academic institutions, government organisations, the heritage officer or Forum members. A basic principle of working in partnership with as many people and organisations as is possible has been a corner stone of Galway County Heritage Forum policy since the first heritage plan actions were established in 2004 and this partnership ethos will continue for the lifetime of this current plan.
Projects that increase awareness and knowledge of lesser known aspects of heritage are given a high rating; as are projects that have an educational role. Projects that set base-lines, or develop new methodologies that could be useful to other heritage actions are desirable over applications of a more routine nature. The Forum endeavours to undertake a mixture of small and large scale projects in each of the five electoral areas. Cognisance is also taken of Heritage Council, County Development Board, LEADER, Galway County Council and other Forum members policies and strategies. There is also a preference to work in partnership with other local authorities and the Heritage Council who may be developing similar actions as there is are numerous benefits to be had from this practice including sharing expertise and getting better value for money.
The Forum endeavours to make heritage plan project outputs available in a digital formal where practical. The delivery of actions and projects takes cognisance of likely budgets that maybe available, It should also be noted that there are individuals, groups and organisations are under a range of important heritage projects and initiatives that is outside of the remit of the heritage plan.