Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust has named Gobbins Crafts, a jewellery studio, as the 11th Économusée workshop in Northern Ireland.
Founded by Heather McFadden, the jewellery-making classes provider will now join the network of food and craft artisans who open their doors to visitors and tourists.
As a part of the network, McFadden will offer “pre-booked jewellery making classes and tours of the workshop” where visitors can see the history of both the surrounding area and her “personal journey”.
McFadden said at a virtual launch: “Whilst the current restrictions prevented me from accommodating you today in person at my workshop, I welcome you virtually. I hope for a brighter future when you can visit my studio to see me at work and hear my story.
“I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has made me feel so welcome into the network and I look forward to growing with you and sharing my skills and knowledge.”
The virtual launch included guest speeches from Carl-Éric Guertin, director of the Économusée Network Society in Quebec, Martin Graham of Tourism NI, Ciaran Doherty of Tourism Ireland, Councillor Peter Johnston, and Graham Thompson, CEO at the heritage trust.
Thompson said: “In a difficult year when many businesses have struggled to survive, it is encouraging to see the network grow and Heather’s workshop brings yet another diverse and unique authenticity to this network of Économusée businesses.
“We are delighted to welcome Gobbins Crafts to the Économusée network in Northern Ireland.”