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Living History for Schools at the Museum


The Museum is currently developing ‘Living History’ workshops for schools so that pupils can learn more about the past in an interactive and enjoyable way.

Three Living History workshops have been devised so pupils can learn more about the past in an interactive and enjoyable way. Two workshops are based on life in Victorian times and one looks at World War Two. They cost £1 per head each.

The 19th century workshops transport students to the dark days of the Irish Potato Famine to see what life was like in the Newry Union Workhouse of 1847. They can also enter a Victorian school room where they will be met with strict discipline and the threat of the cane!

Pupils can help keep Newry and Mourne safe during World War 2, as they are learn how to be Fire Guard Messengers. They will be instructed on Blackouts, Gas Masks, and what to do during air raid. They will also help with evacuees new to the area and learn about the importance of rationing.

Some of the feedback received from teachers and pupils was positive as one student said "I really believed we were talking to these people from long ago. The Workhouse Matron was quite scary". A teacher commented that "The whole experience was excellent.

Contact Details

Please telephone 028 3031 3178 for more information

Workshouse Inmate

Free Tour of Newry and Mourne Museum every Sunday at 3pm


The free tour of Newry and Mourne Museum will now commence at 3pm every Sunday.

If haven’t visited the Museum before or you would like to hear more about the history of the area this is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The exhibitions provide an overview of the history and the diverse range of objects relating to the development of the region from 9,000 years ago to the present day.

Architectural features from the history of Bagenal’s Castle and the adjoining 19th-century warehouse have also been integrated into the Museum exhibition layout.

There are also two temporary exhibitions on display which deal with various aspects of Newry and Mourne's history.

Group numbers are limited to twelve.

Contact Details

If you like more information or you would like to book please telephone 028 3031 3178.

Visitors at the Museum

World War One Stands


Newry and Mourne Museum has developed a travelling exhibition on "Newry and Mourne in the Great War".

It consists of five pop-up stands and covers
(1) Recruitment & Service
(2) The Home Front
(3) Women & Children
(4) Political Developments
(5) Peace and Remembrance.

It tells the local story of the impact of the First World War, with references to Bessbrook, Jerretspass, Kilkeel, Newry, Newtownhamilton, Rostrevor. and Warrenpoint, etc.

Contact Details

The exhibition can be hired by calling 028 3031 3182/3178 or emailing museum@newryandmourne.gov.uk.

Museum re-opened


March 2018 saw the completion of a major revamp to
the Museum, which led to a major redesign to the
layout of the galleries, with new graphics and displays.

These changes has allowed for many new items to go
on display.

The revamp included the installation of a number of
new displays including artefacts from an
archaeological dig at Carnbane near Newry.

There are four new interactives for children including a
touch screen display and a spinner highlighting the
history of the castle and McCann’s bakery.

Ireland Divides: Towards Partition and Civil War


From 9 - 13 April, at 10 am to 12 noon Newry and Mourne Museum will host the lecture series titled “Ireland Divides: Towards Partition and Civil War.”

This five-day course, delivered by Dr. Cathal McManus from Queens University Belfast, will examine the period 1918-1921 when the political situation in Ireland reached new levels of crisis.

With the restructuring of Sinn Féin and the broader republican movement, the demand for independence grew ever more loudly and was reinforced by the dramatic results of the 1918 General Election. The upsurge in support for “The Republic”, however, once again threw the spotlight on the Ulster Question.

Was the partition of Ireland now inevitable?

The lecture series is free of charge, but pre-booking of places is advisable.

Contact Details

If you wish to book or you require more information about this event please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@nmandd.org.

2018 Spring Lecture Series

‘Dorset Button Making’ craft workshops


We will host Debbie McCann from Wee Yarn Designs, who will facilitate two ‘Dorset Button Making’ craft workshops. These sessions are designed for adults (or anyone over 16).

Participants are taken through the history of the Dorset button and how it can be used today for embellishment or as a piece of quirky jewellery! Debbie will demonstrate how to make a simple cross wheel button and then guide the participants in the creation of their own brooch or necklace, which you can take home. This will appeal to anyone with an interest in traditional heritage craft and textiles.

The sessions will be held here, at Newry and Museum on Saturday 21 April 10am to 12.30 noon and again from 2pm to 4.30pm.

There will be a £5 cost and pre-payment (cash or cheque only) is required to secure a place as numbers for these sessions are very limited. We would appreciate if participants could inform the Museum if they are unable to attend.

Contact Details

If you require more information please call 028 3031 3178

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