The Well of the Saints and The End of the Beginning

Trade Secrets


Trade Secrets explores the memories and experiences associated with Coleraine Town Centre, Portrush Main Street and Portstewart Promenade. These memories/experiences are being used to create 30 miniature models/installations which will form an exhibition for schools, a unique trail for visitors/residents, an outreach programme for older people, a collection of memory story cards and a digital archive.

Participating shops/businesses: -

Coleraine - Dixons, Moores, Whoosh, S & T Moore, Hope & Gloria, Romaya, The Forum, Waterstone's, Smyth’s Country Sports, Bob & Berts, Community Rescue Service Charity Shop, McAtamney's, Heart & Home.

Portrush - The White House, Portrush Atlantic Hotel, The Souvenir Shop, Bob & Berts, KOKO, Arcadia.

Portstewart - Morelli's, Roughans, Warke’s Deli, PortstewART Galleries, Sheila's, McLaughlin’s Bakery, Shenanigans, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Bob & Berts, The BOX (Big Telly’s space on Portstewart Prom), Portstewart Library.

Neville Moore, Managing Director of Ulster Stores which owns Moores of Coleraine said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Trade Secrets Project. This project coincides with Moores 90th year anniversary which we are celebrating with a year-long series of events to mark the stores special place within the town. Our staff and customers have already started sharing their memories about the town in the trade secrets book which is located in Moores. From shops remembered, to more personal memoirs of people to reminiscences of visiting the store as children, they are a pleasure to read and we encourage everyone to come in and take part.”

We have been working with six artists who interpretered the stories collected to make a miniature model/installation for each shop. 

Eimear Friers specialises in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking.

Avril McCabe is a community artist/facilitator specialising in Ceramics, Textiles, Fine Art and Mixed Media. She is also a qualified teacher.

Gail Mahon is an installation artist and ceramic sculptor.

Laura Nelson is a a community Artist/facilitator and specialises in 3D builds and prop making for theatre, carnival and festivals.

Elaine Taylor is a sculptor based in Belfast who creates hand crafted original artwork.

David Turner is a Belfast based artist who recreates memories with childhood mediums such as LEGO, Hama Beads and plasticine.

All 30 models were exhibited in an interactive exhibition from 12th—31st July in The BOX (Big Telly’s space on Portstewart Prom).

Throughout August, each shop will display their own model which will form part of a Heritage Trail for locals and visitors to the area.

From 18th August - 3rd Sept the boxes will be exhibited in Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart.

The boxes will tour to residential/care homes, schools and community groups in Oct/Nov.

Click here for a preview of all the boxes

We’re still collecting stories and there are a number of ways you can get in touch. Leave a note into one of the participating shops marked for the att. of Big Telly; email; or leave a comment via Big Telly’s Facebook (bigtellyni) & Twitter pages @BigTellyNI.  We’d love to hear from you!

Trade Secrets has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered in partnership with the Causeway Museum Service.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund - From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. @HLFNI

Our Heritage grant programme is for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. You can apply at any time for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000. For further information visit


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