Ulster Historical Foundation is a not-for-profit educational charity, founded in 1956, with the simple yet important mission to tell the story of the people of the nine counties of Ulster.
The Foundation seeks to disseminate heritage and cultural knowledge and to generate and provide the research and educational resources necessary to support individuals, families, groups, educators and global diasporas in understanding the history of Ulster.
The Foundation also uses history, not to accentuate difference but to emphasise and reinforce how much of our history is shared and interconnected. This in turn can facilitate community cohesion, which is particularly important in Northern Ireland.
Through its charitable activities the Foundation seeks to sustain interest in local and family history, to celebrate the diversity of the cultural heritage in Ulster and to equip the interested, amateur researcher with practical resources and hands-on archival research experience that will enable them to pursue their own research interests.
The Foundation makes a valuable contribution to civil society in Northern Ireland (which it has developed over many years) particularly with regard to social and educational outreach projects with local groups and individuals.
These educational programmes are designed to facilitate personal development and fulfilment, and build capacity amongst local groups and individuals, and to build bridges between the different sections of the local community. They help to demonstrate the Foundation’s public benefit and value by giving local people access to information and expertise on historical research and publishing.
The core aims of the Ulster Historical Foundation are as follows:
- to encourage an interest in the history of the province of Ulster;
- promote a positive image of Northern Ireland overseas;
- strengthen the links between Ireland and those of Ulster descent;
- broaden access to historical documents and records for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy;
- and to inspire pride in Irish and Ulster heritage and culture.