Heritage Week | Whiddy Island
National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August
National Heritage Week, an initiative by the Heritage Council, celebrates all things heritage. It brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.
She Gathered Seaweeds on the Seashore
13 August, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Event begins on the strand by Whiddy Island’s pier at low tide
As part of Heritage Week | Whiddy Island “She Gathered Seaweeds on the SeaShore” will be led by Frances Gallagher, aquatic biologist, and Carrie O’Flynn, historical re-enactor and period costume maker.
Frances will share her knowledge of Bantry Bay’s seaweeds and their uses as food and soil improvers. She will then guide you in gathering small seaweed pieces for specimens. As the tide comes in, you will move to the marquee by Bank House for a practical session spreading the seaweed specimens on paper with careful guidance from Frances.
Carrie will show the equipment that Ellen would have used over 200 years ago and there will be images of Ellen’s seaweed specimens and drawings to examine.
This Heritage Week event is free & no booking required.
Ferries leave Bantry’s Main Pier at 11am, returning at 1:45pm, 3:45pm and 5:45pm. €6.50 return
- A guided or specialist tour
- Suitable for families
Letters from the Sea:
Seaweed and cyanotype workshop
13 August, 3pm – 5pm
Location: Community Hall, Whiddy Island, Bantry
Inspired by the work of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), artist Sybille Neumeyer is inviting you to explore the poetic encounter of seaweed, water and light through cyanotypes (an early photogram technique using sunlight sensitive paper).
In dialogue with, and supported by the local community Sybille researched the protection of marine ecologies, climate change and relationships with the sea, while experimenting with sound recordings and algae in West Cork last year during the Glenkeen Garden “Art/ Nature” residency by Crespo Foundation. The Ellen Hutchins Festival is delighted that she has offered to run this very special workshop for them. Carrie O’Flynn, historical re-enactor, and Madeline Hutchins, researcher on Ellen, will also contribute to the session.
Cost: €30 per person (plus ferry)
Places must be booked and paid for in advance
- A training event or workshop
- Natural Heritage event