Thursday, January 6 2022
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councilor Richard Holmes pictured at the Ballymoney Museum exhibit featuring the personal collection of Alex Blair (1941-2018) with Museum Assistant Rachel Archibald, Museum Agent Jamie Austin and representatives of Alex’s family, Elaine Lee and William Lee

Hailed as a historian, writer, lecturer, lecturer and tour guide, Alex has been described as “a great storyteller and an important bridge to the past” who brought history to life through his knowledge of people, churches, organizations and local events in the Ballymoney area and beyond.

A key member of the local community, Alex has been an active participant in the Ballymoney Probus Club, the Ballymoney Agricultural Show, the Young Farmers’ Clubs and the Ballymoney Drama Festival. His passion for people and local places was evident through his work as the author of various books and publications.

His long-standing association with the Dalriada School, Ballymoney began as a pupil in 1952 and continued from 1965 when he began his career as a history teacher. He was fully engaged in school life until his retirement in 2000.

An inventory of the Alex Blair collection has been completed and can be viewed online at www.niarchive.org.

The exhibition will continue until Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Entrance to the museum is free.

Mayor Cllr Richard Holmes said: “We were delighted to receive the Alex Blair Collection, containing approximately 7,500 items, in 2018. We are delighted to share his legacy with the public.”


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