Seamus Heaney HomePlace Wins Prestigious Award For Excellence In Heritage Interpretation October 06, 2017 Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy has won an award for excellence in heritage interpretation. HomePlace, which celebrates the life and literature of the Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, was named best Visitor and Interpretation Centre by the Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) at its Discover Heritage Awards last night (Thursday 5 October). The awards recognise excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation across Britain and Ireland and also share, encourage and showcase good interpretive practice. Seamus Heaney HomePlace, which is owned and operated by Mid Ulster District Council, has just celebrated its first anniversary, welcoming over 40,000 visitors to view the exhibition and experience events in the venue. Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, said: “This is a prestigious award and the perfect finish to our first anniversary celebrations. “We know the judges were impressed by the exhibition spaces, the themes and the connections between the man, the place and the poetry which is done in such an engaging way and their reaction echoes the remarkable responses we have had from our visitors. “This is another well-deserved accolade for HomePlace and everyone who has been involved in its creation, opening and on-going development”. An AHI judging panel visited HomePlace and other entrants during the summer and the winners in all categories were announced at the AHI conference in Inverness.