GEM Northern Ireland

For a small place, Northern Ireland has no shortage of heritages. A nation of storytellers we love to promote the beauty of our natural landscapes, rich and complicated histories, and welcoming communities.

As area reps in a post-conflict society, we believe that museums can be transformational spaces that embrace contested heritages, support diversity and multiple narratives, and hope that our network reflects this.

As GEM NI we aim to develop a network to share ideas, opportunities, and support and where everyone feels welcome.

Michael Fryer

Outreach Officer
Northern Ireland War Memorial
[email protected]

Michael has worked in the museum sector since 2017 and has experience of engaging with a diverse range of audiences, including facilitating intergenerational work with schools and care homes and delivering several dementia friendly museum projects funded by the Northern Ireland Museums Council. Outside of his work, he enjoys walking, reading, watching movies as a member of a film club and collecting useless trivia for taking part in pub quizzes.

Lisa Rea Currie

Heritage Officer
East Side Partnership, Belfast
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Lisa has worked in the intersection of community and heritage for over a decade. She focusses on using heritage engagement as a tool for community development and regeneration work. When she’s not working Lisa enjoys writing and dragging her young children around old graveyards and heritage sites, safe in the knowledge that they WILL appreciate it when they are older.

Join GEM Northern Ireland!

GEM Northern Ireland are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to become GEM Representatives for the region. Could you spare a few hours a month to advocating for museum education, planning regional events and getting involved in wider GEM initiatives? Please contact Michael Fryer at [email protected] to find out more.

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