The Northern Ireland Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that develops programmes around a shared future in Northern Ireland, local community activism and the exchange of international best practices.
Northern Ireland Foundation’s key areas of work are civic leadership and community development and one of our projects is the restoration of the Carnegie Oldpark Library, which historically served as a community resource, consistent with the vision of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. When the building was bought at auction by businessman Quintin Oliver and his partner Fiona MacMillan, their vision was to carry out a restoration and to develop as a community project.
As part of this restoration and communiy engagement effort, we open the Carnegie Oldpark doors for public events. We take part in Film Hub NI's Cinema Day, screening films like West Side Story and Mickybo and Me in the Carnegie Library, re-engaging the local community with the building and its future.