Plans progress to turn Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison into museum

An interpretative design consultancy is being sought by the team looking to convert Northern Ireland’s infamous Maze Prison into a museum.

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Source: Brendan Rankin

The Maze Prison in County Down opened in 1971 and was used to house paramilitary prisoners until it was closed in 2000.

The Northern Irish government now plans to turn the site into a museum and international conflict resolution and transformation centre.

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister say they have secured initial Heritage Lottery Funding for the scheme.

The Department of Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland has now issued a tender seeking interpretive design services as it works up a Heritage Interpretation Plan in its application for further HLF funding.

DFPNI says, ‘The Heritage Interpretation Plan is to provide a clear and concise rationale for heritage reinterpretation at Maze Long Kesh.’

A spokesman for OFMDFM says it is hoped that a design team will be appointed and initial museum designs will be published by the end of the summer.

The deadline for applications to the interpretive design tender is  31 August. For more information visit ted.europa.eu, reference 2012/S 131-218037.

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