Flints and Fishes exhibition

Sarah Carson, Museums Collections Officer, 	
Museums Officer David Robinson, 	
Dr Nic Wright from 
Hearthside Heritage, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura 
Hickey and Museums Services Development Manager Helen Perry pictured at the opening of the 
Flints and Fishes exhibition in Ballymoney Museum.
Sarah Carson, Museums Collections Officer, Museums Officer David Robinson, Dr Nic Wright from Hearthside Heritage, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey and Museums Services Development Manager Helen Perry pictured at the opening of the Flints and Fishes exhibition in Ballymoney Museum.

The legacy of the Stone Age and the first known settlement in Ireland is the focus of a new exhibition in Ballymoney Museum.

Entitled ‘Flints and Fishes’, it brings together objects from across the Causeway Coast and Glens, telling the story of the area’s first people.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey, pictured with 
Museums Officer David Robinson at the opening of 	
Flints and Fishes exhibition in Ballymoney 
Museum.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey, pictured with Museums Officer David Robinson at the opening of Flints and Fishes exhibition in Ballymoney Museum.

The temporary exhibition will allow visitors to explore important stories about Ireland’s earliest known settlement at Mountsandel and the local stone axe factories which exported their products all over Ireland, Britain and beyond. Visitors can also discover the recent studies of DNA found in the region’s megalithic tombs, which trace the origins of Ireland’s first farmers.

Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) hunter-gatherers lived at Mountsandel in Coleraine almost 10,000 years ago, fishing for salmon, and hunting wild boar and gathering hazelnuts in the surrounding woods. 4000 years later, Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers crossed the water to Ireland, changing it forever.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey said: “The legacy of the Stone Age is all around us and it is amazing to see the impact that it has had on our landscape. This exhibition portrays the story of the Causeway Coast and Glen’s first people and I would encourage everyone to come and learn about the history of our area and see the intriguing discoveries on display.”

The exhibition is open at Ballymoney Museum from February 1st until April 15th. Viewings can be made on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am-5pm and 9am-4.30pm on Fridays. Admission is free of charge.

Sarah Carson, Museums Collections Officer, shows off an item from the Flints and Fishes exhibition 
which has opened in Ballymoney Museum.

Sarah Carson, Museums Collections Officer, shows off an item from the Flints and Fishes exhibition which has opened in Ballymoney Museum.

For more information, please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services on 028 7034 7234 or email: cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk