Council Officially Receives The White House
12 May 2015
Attending the official handover of The White House to the Council are (L-R) Raymond McIlwrath of The White House Preservation Trust; The Mayor, Cllr Thomas Hogg; Chief Executive, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Jacqui Dixon; Chairman of The White House Preservation Trust, Cllr Billy Webb; Deputy Mayor, Cllr John Blair. Included in the picture is replica jacket of the Williamite uniform from the exhibition at The White House.
The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, today officially received The White House from The White House Preservation Trust Board of Trustees.
The Council has taken on the ownership and management of The White House, since the end of March this year. The property will continue to operate for community use, in order to satisfy conditions of both Biffaward and Heritage Lottery Fund, two of the principal funders of the property.
Speaking at the White House, the Mayor commented;
“On behalf of the Council, I would like to commend The Trust for their exceptional success in obtaining grant-aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Ulster Garden Villages. Furthermore, none of this success would have been possible without the dedication of The White House volunteers, who mainly came to the project through the Abbey Historical Society. As a result of this dedication, the White House has now been restored into a beautiful and informative visitor centre.”
The White House is currently only open by appointment with a guided tour is provided and refreshments can be arranged on request. The White House function room (maximum 50 people) may also be hired for events with future opening arrangements both for visitors and groups under review.
For more information about bookings please contact Museum at The Mill on T: 028 9034 0129.