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Maghera Memories Project Progress  

Our Maghera Memories Models have been constructed in Cardiff and are now available to view in our reception area.
Banners are being formulated, if you have any information or photos you feel would be beneficial to the informational banners please email them to

St. Lurach’s Old Church and Graveyard
The Emigrants Cairn
Clark’s Linen Factory Upperlands
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Memories of Maghera

We have recently been successful in securing funding for our next project Memories of Maghera.

We are extremely grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and all players of the National Lottery for making our grant of £55,900 possible, the project will be completed by the end of 2023.

The purpose of the grant will be to extend our display of scaled models in the Heritage Centre. These will include St. Lurach’s Church , Emigrants Cairn and Upperlands Linen Factory.

To allow the public access to our project the production of a film and a tour of the journey taken by the Emigrants on their way from Maghera to a new life in America.

The employees who worked at the Upperlands Linen Factory over the years will be interviewed and their stories of work within the factory will be recorded, transcribed and documented and placed in our archival system for future generations.

The plan for a model of Upperlands Linen Mill will be in the form of an overhead view of the factory grounds identifying the listed buildings on site. These buildings will be developed in a scaled model format to be displayed in the Heritage Centre’s exhibition gallery.

Accompanying these models will be a researched document on their history dating back to earlier times, details will be available in the form of a pop-up banner which will be on view to visitors and tourists and will be on show within our exhibition gallery.

We may consider compiling a publication on all the research carried out and this will be available and for sale within our Heritage Centre.

Anyone wishing to be part of this very interesting project on a voluntary basis please contact us at the Heritage Centre for more information.

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Men’s Shed

Our Men’s Shed is now open to the public to visit and make use of the facilities which are available as seen below. We invite retired skilled tradesmen to become part of this very useful facility on your doorstep. The men’s shed is fully centrally heated and therefore can be used year round. This facility is provided in collaboration with the Irish Men’s Shed Association and financial support from  the National Lottery Community Fund.

 Please contact our centre for further details on 02879642677.

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Recruiting General Manager

Ref/ Criteria
Salary Range : Between £25k-£35k depending on experience + employer’s pension
Working Hours: 30 hours per week (flexible)
Contract: Permanent (1 year fixed term to be reviewed and extended if appropriate)
Location: Maghera Heritage & Cultural Centre, 11 Main Street, Maghera , Co L/Derry
BT46 5AA)

We have created this exciting new post of General Manager at MHS and we would love to hear from you if you feel you would be suitable for this position.
The post holder will have responsibility for all aspects of facilities management. This includes, but not exclusively, management of budgets, staff, health and safety policies, all policy management, communications with a range of users and others within the community, administration, project development and management.
General Manager will be responsible to the Directors for the day to day running of the organisation.
An application form and all the information you need to apply, including full details of the essential and desirable criteria is available to download from the recruitment website or contact Maghera Heritage and Culture Ltd 02879642677 for an application pack or log onto our website for further information

Closing Date / On-Going

General Manager : Role Description

Job Title:General Manager
Hours:30 hours per week
Location:Maghera Heritage and Culture, 11 Main Street, Maghera, BT46 5AA
Responsible to:Directors of MHS Heritage and Culture Ltd
Line Management Responsibility:2 x Full-Time staff
1 x Part-Time staff, Up to 70 volunteers
Salary:£25k-£35k depending on experience,+ Employer’s pension
Contract:1 year fixed-term (a review carried out after 6 months employment. Further extension anticipated, subject to confirmation of funding)
Closing DateOn-Going

Purpose of the post
The Work Manager,

Will advance our aims of: promoting community development and good relations in the area, supporting the mental, social and physical well-being of the community-particularly the older members – advancing education and the development of skills and promoting the heritage and culture of the area while respecting all backgrounds, traditions and customs.

Overall Responsibility
To oversee the running of the organisation in an economical and efficient way.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• To develop and manage fundraising activities and to ensure that there is always on stream cash raising activities. Ensure sufficient cash flow to meet all the organisations expenditures.
• To bring to board meetings ideas to allow these developments to take place.
• To attend meetings on behalf of the organisation, either virtually or through physical attendance.
• To address the development of social integration through various activities and events offered within the centre.
• To update, revise and implement the following policies ie. Health and Safety, Equality, Child and Adult Safeguarding Policies, Staff Training Procedures and our ongoing financial policies.
• To ensure that a safe working environment is in place at all times and that the building is secure. Delegation of this task may be to a responsible person.
• To liaise with the Development Director and other Directors and Staff regarding financial planning and budgeting, reporting, monitoring of cash flow etc.
• Develop new ways to present the centre to maximise Visitors’/Tourists enjoyment and understanding.
• To keep abreast of what suitable grants are available to our organisation and liaise with the funding bodies. Keep up to date with the various funding streams
• To work closely and communicate with our local council MUDC and ensure that the Heritage Centre staff are kept up to date with any developments.
• Design and analyse visitor feedback surveys.
• To manage staff and team performance and provide regular support and supervision, including training and development.
• Manage budgets and help out with strategic planning.
• Deal with enquiries from researchers and the public.
• Develop outreach activities in the local community.
• Use IT to generate market share, raise visitor numbers, etc
• Be familiar with the organisations complaints procedure and responsibilities of the General Manager.

Training and Development Manager

Personnel Specification

Essential CriteriaDesirable Criteria
Qualifications• A higher-level qualification relevant to the post (General marketing procedures)
A minimum of 5 years’ management experience in a community development or education and training setting.
Professional qualifications/postgrad diploma in any below:
• Heritage Management
• Project Management
• Marketing or Business Studies
Key Skills• Staff management and team development
• Demonstrated training and the development skills to bring about change.
• Administrative and budgeting skills
• Group facilitation, networking and relationship building skills.
• Ability to analyse and present information to support problem solving and decision making.
• Organised, efficient and good verbal and written communication skills
• Must be familiar with web design and building and be competent in developing IT and computer training.
• Excellent project management skills
(Brief details of previous
Management experience and digital marketing)
Technical Skills• Digital Media and IT skills. Must be competent and efficient and familiar with all digital media marketing platforms.
• A good sufficient knowledge of these outlets to enable promotion and learning knowledge.
• Extensive knowledge of Microsoft office applications (especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
• Plus the ability to impart this knowledge onto others.
Other• The ability to deliver a PowerPoint presentation on a topic of your choice.
• Commitment to equality and the values and ethos of MHS Heritage and Culture.
• Be familiar with and have an understanding of the organisations aims and objectives, their purposes and outcomes.
• Commitment to quality improvement and the inclusion and progression of adult learners.
• Able to organise meetings and events at all levels and co-ordinate all aspects of the meeting or event logistics.
• Flexible approach, as weekend and evening work may be required.
A genuine interest in and understanding of the heritage
Sector and the culture of the area.

Please tell us about yourself and why you think you would be suitable for this position. (Max 300 words)

This charity is an equal opportunities employer. It welcomes enquiries from everyone and values diversity in the workforce, regardless of ethnicity, political or religious beliefs.

Please note: Shortlisting Criteria
Shortlisting will be carried out based on the criteria set out above using the information given on the application form. The organisation reserves the right to only invite those for interview who meet both the essential and desirable criteria.
Please submit your CV on line to; .uk or send in to; MHS Heritage & Culture Ltd, 11 Main Street, Maghera, BT46 5AA
Tel 02879642677.

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Renovation work gets well underway.

Renovation work at MHS Heritage & Culture Ltds’ new premises in 11 Main Street Maghera is now well underway. We are excited about our new space and the facilities it will provide to the local community and marks the expansion of our organisation as we will be able to offer more services and embark on new projects.

If you would like to know more contact us at:

7 Main Street Maghera BT46 5AA or



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Skilled Volunteers Required For New Premises.

MHS Heritage & Culture Centre require skilled volunteers for their new premises at 11 main st, Maghera.
We are looking for the following:

French Polishers
Furniture restorers
Metal workers
Electricians and general handypersons.

If you feel that you could donate a few hours of your time to the Organisation please get in touch:

Call in to: The Hub at 7 main st, or tel:02879642677