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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

Local Impacts of the First World War Exhibition


Newry and Mourne Museum’s new temporary exhibition ‘Local Impacts of the First World War’ was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne, Councillor David Taylor, on Thursday May 29th.

The period 1914 - 1918 was a pivotal one in world history. Old empires collapsed, international boundaries were redrawn and Ireland was among those nations that saw dramatic political and social change.

The exhibition looks at the issues that affected Newry and Mourne politically, socially and economically during this tumultuous time, as well as looking at specific issues such recruitment and remembrance.

Visitors can see artefacts from the period including embroidered silk postcards, medals and uniforms, with the centrepiece of the exhibition, Newry’s Roll of Honour.

This document produced to encourage recruitment, emphasising that Newry had recruited so strongly at the outset of war, and at the same time publicly honouring those who had gone to serve.

The exhibition illustrates how the First World War affected the lives of hundreds of ordinary people in the area either through recruitment, experience of warfare and bereavement and loss.

Speaking at the launch Cllr. Taylor said “We are fortunate in having such great support from local people as the success of an exhibition such as this is dependent on donations and loans of material from its community”

Museum Curator, Noreen Cunningham said “the large number of documents, photographs and objects, many of which are on loan from local people, is an indication of how much the First World War still resonates with us today”.

‘Local Impacts of the First World War’ is open to the public from 30th May.

WW1 Ex

New Reminiscence Box unveiled at Newry and Mourne Museum


Today 14th November 2014, the Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor Daire Hughes launched a new 1970s and 1980s themed reminiscence box.

The box was developed in response to demand, particularly from groups with younger clients. Speaking about this, Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator, said; ‘Our Reminiscence loan box service is extremely popular throughout the district, and further afield. Museum Assistants, Joanne Cummins and Dympna Tumilty, have designed the new box to help people recall memories and promote discussion amongst those who use the box.’

Packed full of objects from the 1970s and 1980s, including a Rubik’s Cube and Soda Stream, the box is available for use by local care homes, healthcare professionals, community groups and individuals, and can be used to get people talking about their memories.
Many of us who lived through these decades, sported a ‘mullet’ haircut or Farrah Fawcett ‘flicks’, wore power suits or shell suits and wondered who shot J.R., and this box will help stimulate those memories.

Other reminiscence boxes available from the Museum include; Household, School Life, Grooming and Fashion, Earning a Crust, Rural Life, 1940’s and 50’s and Christmas.

The boxes are accompanied with a resource file with useful suggestions, poems, stories and reading lists. Each box of 'memories' contains everyday objects that can be used as memory triggers for different types of reminiscence activities.

Museum staff are trained in reminiscence techniques and can advise on how to use the box and its contents.

Contact Details

If you are interested in borrowing a reminiscence box, contact Declan Carroll on 028 3031 3178, or email declan.carroll@newryandmourne.gov.uk.

Loan Box Launch

All Politics is Local Exhibition


Today Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Cllr. Daire Hughes opened a new temporary exhibition ‘All Politics is Local’ at Newry and Mourne Museum, which explores the development of local government in the area over the last two hundred years.

The exhibition commences with the establishment of the Newry Police Commissioners in 1828, the Town Commissioners in 1865, the introduction of Urban and Rural District Councils in the 1890s, the setting up of Newry and Mourne District Council in 1973 to the re-organisation of local government in 2015.

The panels and the accompanying booklet cover a wide range of issues, from national events affecting local government in Newry and Mourne through to the individuals that have had a lasting impact on the development of this district.

Also on display are documents and artefacts highlighting the important role the various council’s played in everyday life, from responsibility for the provision of electricity to the allocation of housing.

“With the establishment of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, it is timely to look back at local government in the area formerly administered by Newry and Mourne District Council” says Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator at Newry and Mourne Museum. “One of my favourite items on display is the c. 1950s ballot box that was used for elections in St. John Bosco Hall on Kilmorey Street, but there are many other items which will spark memories for those who visit the exhibition.”

The exhibition, which runs until 28th February 2016.

Contact Details

The exhibition is open free of charge. For further details, contact the Museum Curator on 028 30313182 or Assistant Curator on 028 30313177.

All Politics is Local




In connection with its First World War Project Newry and Mourne Museum has organised an exciting programme of events and activities for June 2015.

On Thursday 4 June there will be a day trip to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast and the Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra. The bus will depart from Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle, Castle Street, Newry at 10 am and return at 5 pm.

At PRONI, there will be an opportunity to obtain information on the records that it holds. Attendees will also be able to view letters written by Lord Newry while he was on active service during the First World War; papers about the sinking of Kilkeel fishing vessels by a German submarine in 1918; letters and documents giving an insight into the personal impact of the war on a Warrenpoint lady whose husband, a German citizen, was interned; the initial minutes of the Newry Branch of the British Legion; and documents from the Department of Home Affairs relating to the prohibition of the erection, by the Newry Branch of the Northern Old I.R.A. Remembrance Association, of an Irish Patriot Memorial in Newry in 1938.

After time for lunch at PRONI, the group will travel to the Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra to get an insight into life in Ireland 100 years ago and the impact of the war on those who remained at home. The guided tour will tell the story of what everyday life was like for the people of Ulster during the war and the many significant changes it caused, some of which resonate today. The cost for the day trip is £10 (or £7.50 for concessions).

Then on Wednesday 17 June, beginning at 7:30 pm, Newry and Mourne Museum will host a lecture on “Motorcars and Transport in Ulster, 1896-1918”, given by Leanne Blaney from University College, Dublin. There is no charge to attend the talk but booking is essential.

Leanne’s talk will cover changes in transport at the turn of the twentieth century and the role of motorcars, for instance, in the 1914 gun-runnings, when the Ulster Volunteers and Irish Volunteers covertly armed themselves with weapons brought in from Germany. The lecture will also tie in with Newry and Mourne Museum’s new temporary exhibition, “The World has Become Smaller: Transport Through the Ages in Newry and Mourne” which will open on 29 May.

At the end of June the Museum will host two family history workshops.

On Monday 22 June (2pm – 4:30pm) leading Irish genealogist, John Grenham, author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestry, will speak about “Irish Genealogy: The Major Online and Offline Sources”.

Then on Monday 29 June (2pm – 4:30pm) Professor Richard Grayson (Professor of Twentieth-century History at Goldsmiths, University of London, and author of Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War) will speak about “Researching First World War Ancestors”. There is no charge to attend either genealogy workshop, but pre-booking is required. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact Details

To get further information or to book a place at one or more of the events please email Dr Robert Whan: robert.whan@newryandmourne.gov.uk or Telephone: 028 3031 3173 / 028 3031 3182.

Genealogy Workshops

Screen Printing Workshop


The Museum will host two Screen-printing Workshops in June 2015, led by Heather Cassidy.

The first session to be held on Saturday June 6th is aimed at children aged between seven and twelve. They will be given the opportunity to create a design on a Tee-Shirt using an image from the Museum’s Collection. Cost per child is £1.50. An adult must accompany children.

The second session to be held on Saturday June 13th, will cater for adults who would like to spend an hour or two of peace and quiet as they create their own design on a bag again inspired by the what's on display in the Museum and it's Collection. Cost per person is £3.

Both sessions start at 10am and will last between one and two hours. Booking is advisable as the numbers for each day are limited to ten.

Contact Details

For more information or to book ring 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@newryandmourne.gov.uk

Screen Printing Workshop

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