Exploring our Hidden History Together

European Heritage Open Days 2021

Once again the Hill of Armagh is ready to participate in the European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) with this year’s theme, ‘Inclusion – exploring our hidden history together.’

Opening Hours EHOD

The Library and No 5 will both be open as normal on Friday 10 September and will continue to welcome visitors throughout the day on Saturday 11 September and the afternoon of Sunday 12 September.  

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral will be open for EHOD on Friday and Saturday, free of charge. Due to a special service on the Sunday afternoon, EHOD visitors will not be able to visit the Cathedral and will be encouraged to visit No 5 and the Library, while on the Hill.  


Adults are invited to visit the Library and No 5 to view the interiors of these fine Georgian buildings and the displays inside, including the temporary exhibition If Speaking is Silver, then Listening is Gold on silver and gold in the Library’s Long Room to celebrate its 250th anniversary. 

For older children, there are touch screen quizzes in No 5, and treasure hunts in the Library. For the under fives, toys and books to enjoy, as part of the ‘Playful Museums’ initiative. 

As both the Library and No 5 are working to become a Dementia Friendly Museum, those living with dementia and their carers will be very welcome.

Information on all the buildings open for EHOD can be found on www.discovernorthernireland.com/EHOD

Food & Cider Festival

The Library is also taking part in Armagh’s Food and Cider Festival over the same weekend.  Rachel Toner, the Library’s Visitor Engagement Officer, spoke about the exhibition,

We are delighted to take part in the Food and Cider Festival this year. This modest exhibition highlights 18th century items which reference apples and cider, from production to consumption. In 1732 Phillip Miller in his book,The Gardner’s Kalender’, gives advice month by month about the best methods of cultivating garden plants, including orchards.

The history of food and drink is an important element of our cultural inheritance. It shows the place of food and drink in the society, economy and environment of a country, and in the lives of its people and the Library is keen to show that.

Information on all the Food and Cider Festival events can be found on  https://visitarmagh.com/festivals/food-cider/