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Thursday, 25 August 2016

New home for Fermanagh Genealogy Centre

With the opening this morning of a state-of-the-art Visitor Information Centre at Enniskillen Castle, Fermanagh Genealogy Centre has returned to a much transformed home within the castle grounds.

The new Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre
is within the Castle grounds
The new Visitor Centre has been part of a £3.5million refurbishment programme to transform the castle complex, which incorporates the Fermanagh County Museum, into a heritage gateway for the area. As well as the Museum, which has received artefacts from the collection of the National Museum in Belfast, including the Bronze Age gold torc discovered at Corrard, near Upper Lough Erne, the new complex boasts new galleries and exhibitions and redeveloped grounds and will be able to offer more educational activities. The enhanced visitor facilities include self-service touch screens, access to the Museum's archives, a cafe and shop, and the genealogy centre.

The Fermanagh Genealogy Centre was established in 2012 at the Castle but had to move out when the redevelopment works started. It is entirely run by volunteers and a lot of their energy is put into sourcing and transcribing historical records from the county, and providing a free email enquiry service.

This work will continue in the new visitor centre, where the volunteers will additionally be offering free one-to-one consultations with genealogists on three afternoons (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) each week. These consultations can be booked here or by telephone to +44 (0)28 6632 3110.

For more information about the Fermanagh Genealogy Centre and the new Visitor Information Centre see the revamped Enniskillen Castle website.