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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.
Please telephone 028 3031 3178 for more information
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.
If you like more information or you would like to book please telephone 028 3031 3178.
"Performing Arts in Newry and Mourne" Exhibition
Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor John McArdle, opened the new temporary exhibition “The Performing Arts in Newry and Mourne, at the Museum on March 21st.
The exhibition examines the development of performing arts in the area from the 18th century to the present day and the key societies and personalities associated with its growth.
The colourful display of posters, programmes and other memorabilia relating to the performing arts demonstrates the huge passion for music and drama throughout the Newry and Mourne area.
The popularity of the Feis, and local Drama Festivals are a reflection of the interest in the performing arts.
Speaking at the event, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Cllr McArdle said “the performing arts in a community such as Newry and Mourne are very important as they nurture confidence and promote many important skills in young people, such as public speaking, playing an instrument and performing in front of large audiences.”
The exhibition also pays tribute to the many local people, who, in a voluntary capacity have been vital in maintaining a vibrant performing arts sector and are central to the cultural life of the area.
The fact that a significant percentage of our local talent go on to achieve national and international stardom is due to the commitment of amateur societies and their dedication to achieving professional standards locally.
Commenting at the opening Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator said that, “Exhibitions at the Museum depend on the donations and loans of material from local people and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who responded generously to the appeals for artefacts, documents and memories which reflect the vibrancy of the culture in this area”.
“Brotherhoods and Friendly Societies” Exhibition
From the 31st May the new exhibition “Brotherhoods and Friendly Societies,” which looks at the growth of fraternal and friendly societies in the district and highlights their diversity, will be on display at the Museum.
The new exhibition looks at the growth of fraternal and friendly societies in this area highlighting their diversity and indeed some similarities.
These organisations include the Freemasons, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Loyal Orange Order, Royal Black Institution and Irish National Foresters.
Their colourful regalia and memorabilia on display throughout the exhibition illustrate the common uses of symbolism and rituals,some of which date back to the Middle Ages.
In the past many of these societies often cared for members of the community who had fallen on hard times and many of the modern groups and clubs carry out charitable works.
These include the Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel, Soroptomists, Women’s Institute and the Round Table who carry out humanitarian and professional support and raise money for many worthy causes.
Church groups such as the Mothers Union, Presbyterian Women’s Association, the Knights of Columbanus and the Archconfraternity of the Holy Family and their members are also represented in the exhibition.
Artefacts on display highlight the importance of Trade Unions, who advocate workers rights, but were initially formed as Movements for the welfare of factory and mill workers from the Industrial Revolution onwards.
The exhibition is on display until May 2014 and entrance is free of charge.
"Back In Time At Newry and Mourne Museum"
Councillor Michael Ruane, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, officially launched the comic, “Back in Time at Newry and Mourne Museum” on Tuesday 2nd October at Museum.
The comic, illustrated by local artist John Farrelly, acts as an introduction to the history of Newry and Mourne and makes the Museum Collection more accessible to younger visitors
The idea behind the comic is for the children who come along to the Museum with their parents to have a fun and colourful guide to the history of the area, the Museum and its collection.
Many of the artefacts from the Museum Collection make cameo appearances throughout the publication as evidence of the important developments in our region.
The book takes children through 9,000 years of history to see some of the major events and meet some the people that have helped shape the development of this historic region.
Significant moments from our past including, the early church, the Bagenals, the Plantation, the emergence of Newry as a merchant town, the construction the canal and the modern experiences of the 20th Century are included.
The comic also encourages the children to interact with the Museum as the many of the answers for brain teasers, puzzles and quizzes found in the book are in the galleries.
Speaking at the event Councillor Ruane took time to thank the artist john Farrelly “who has beautifully illustrated the comic and managed to capture some of the key moments in such a unique and vibrant way.”
For anyone who would like a copy of “Back In Time At Newry and Mourne Museum” there are a number of free copies available at the Museum.
Why not take a tour when you are here.
Five Key Figures in Irish History
Following on from our very successful history course last year the Museum will host “Five Key Figures in Irish History” from 10th – 14th March, at 10am to 12pm.
This course offers those who never studied Irish history the opportunity to know more about the events and people that have shaped our lives. Guest lecturers from The Queen’s University, Belfast will visit the Museum to deliver this five day history course.
These talks focus on the people who shaped our history and had a direct influence on the development of Newry and Mourne including:
• Hugh O’Neill
• Oliver Cromwell
• Wolfe Tone
• John Mitchell
• Sir James Craig.
The course is free of charge, but pre-booking of places is advisable.
If you wish to book or you require more information about both these events please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patrick's Day 2014
The Museum has a varied programme of activities over the St. Patrick’s Weekend, for young and old.
On Thursday 13th March at 7pm when Dr Elva Johnston, University College of Dublin, will give a talk titled “Saint Patrick – Historical Man and Popular Myth”. Tickets will cost £3
St. Patrick’s writings are the most important historical sources for the growth of Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century, yet by the seventh century Irish writers identified Patrick as the ‘Apostle of the Irish’ and by doing so they created a Patrick for a new era, a superhero that defeated druids, founded Armagh and converted the entire island. So who was the real Patrick? This talk will examine the historical Patrick and explore the reasons why he became such a figure of legend.
Sunday 16th March at 2pm The Carroll School of Harp will present “Sonas in Concert” performing a selection of traditional Irish pieces arranged for a harp ensemble. Tickets will cost £3
Monday 17th March from 10am – 11.30am there will be a Jumping Clay arts and crafts workshop for children aged four and up. This will involve making your own lucky leprechaun.
An adult must accompany children. Places are limited to 20 children at £1.50 per child. Pre booking is advised.
For more information these activities or you wish to book please telephone 028 3031 3178