Located on North Main Street Bandon, the West Cork Heritage Centre is housed in the former Christchurch. This unique and charming exhibition transports visitors through time to experience Bandon town as it was in time’s past.
Christchurch dates back to circa 1610 and is built on the site of a Danish Fort. It was one of the earliest Protestant churches in Ireland and was a church for 363 years and deconsecrated in 1973. Some Bandon church records are held at the West Cork Heritage Centre. The centre hosts a series of exhibitions with the theme of Bandon’s history. Visitors can see replicas of an old shop, school, kitchen and forge, while the exhibition also includes the old town stocks and memorabilia from Bandon’s time as a garrison town.
Adam recently spoke to John Hurley, who supports the volunteers in the West Cork Heritage Centre. John explained that there are a number of ways in which volunteers can get involved with the heritage centre. Volunteers can help out with the reception, filling of records, research, following up or indeed if people have any additional skills they feel would be of benefit to the the West Cork Heritage Centre, they would be greatly welcomed.
While volunteer support is important, the West Cork Heritage Centre greatly appreciates any donations they can get in assisting them with maintaining the centre, roof repairs, heating and conservation plans. To ensure the sustainability of the centre, and the preservation of the heritage it houses, people can support the centre from afar through donations.
If you are living in the locality and want to get involved with West Cork Heritage Centre, please do get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website www.volunteercork.ie.