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Exploring Sam Henry's preservation of...

19 February 2015, 13:30, Courtroom C001, South Building, Ulster University Coleraine Campus

Runs to 19 February 2015

Coleraine Museum has received funding from the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) Ulster-Scots Academy, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to scan and catalogue part of the Sam Henry Collection.

The focus of this project is the songs that Sam collected, some of which featured in his ‘Songs of the People’ series that ran weekly in the Northern Constitution between 1923 and 1939. In his own words, the aim of the series was, “to search out, conserve, and make known the treasures of the Songs of the People… The editor will welcome any songs of the people, and will try and rescue from oblivion the treasures that once made the glowing fireside of our native land reflect their brightness in the hearts of the people.” This collection of folk music is the largest of its kind in Ulster in the inter war period and is therefore of significant interest. It gives an insight into the music played and remembered across Ulster, as well as local dialect and language of the time. 

If you require further information please contact - Sarah Carson ( or Dr. Frank Ferguson ( of Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, as part of their Ulster Scots History & Heritage Lecture Series.

General information on the Sam Henry collection and the digitized collections can be found at




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