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Living History for Schools at the Museum

17/11/2011

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

01/10/2012

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

New Reminiscence Box unveiled at Newry and Mourne Museum

14/11/2014

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

19/03/2015

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

World War One Stands

09/07/2015

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.


The world has become smaller: transport through the ages in Newry and Mourne

12/08/2015

Newry and Mourne Museum's newest exhibition ‘The world has become smaller: transport through the ages in Newry and Mourne’ is now on display until 2nd May 2016.

The exhibition explores the development of transport in the area from prehistoric times to the present day. A range of artefacts and documents examining aspects of road, rail, canal and maritime transport will be on display. These include models of local ships, a theodolite used for surveying the Newry Canal and a uniform belonging to Captain John McParland, a member of a local maritime family.

Highlights of the exhibition include artefacts and images relating to Warrenpoint Railway on loan from Barrie Domleo. He and his brother Andrew photographed and filmed Warrenpoint Railway Station and line from 1961 until it closed in January 1965. Many of the images contain photographs of people who worked at the Station including George Walker, the last Signalman at Warrenpoint. His cap and pocket watch have been lent to the exhibition by his daughter Pauline Reardon. She and Barrie Domleo met up last year as part of BBC NI’s Walk the Line programme.

Contact Details

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


Captain

Changes to Main Exhibitions at Newry and Mourne Museum

04/03/2016

On 25th February 2015, the Acting Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr. Michael Ruane, launched changes to the main exhibitions at Newry and Mourne Museum which has been funded by the Northern Ireland Museums Council as part of its Museums Engagement Initiative.

To maintain and increase its high visitor figures, the Museum follows a strategy of making periodic changes to the content of the main exhibitions. This makes more of the Museum Collection accessible to the public by enabling the Museum to put new donations on display.

Amongst the wide range of new artefacts added to the main exhibitions on this occasion are an expanded display of early 19th century glassware made in Newry, maps, drawings and documents reflecting the architectural, commercial and political history of the Newry and Mourne area and receipts signed by John Martin, a local Irish Patriot. Artefacts relating to the 20th century include the title page from Newry’s Roll of Honour, a certificate given to the family of Thomas Lundy from Newry who fought in the First World War, a calendar and tourist guide for south Down from 1912, a Drama Feis poster from 1935 and photomontages by the Newry-born artist Sean Hillen created in the 1980s and 1990s which were his personal response to The Troubles in Newry. A number of new artefacts relating to McCann’s Bakery are also on display.

The presentation of Bagenal’s Castle has also been improved with a series of new lecterns explaining architectural features of the building and how the various rooms may have been used in the 16th century and a new panel in Gallery 1 looks at the history of the Cistercian abbey.

Speaking at the launch, the Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr. Michael Ruane said that “Newry and Mourne Museum is very fortunate in having great support from the community manifested in the high number of quality artefacts donated to the Museum over the years. I would like to thank all who have donated material. We are indebted to them for their generosity and their desire to see local heritage preserved for future generations”.

Chris Bailey, Director of the Northern Ireland Museums Council, said, “These changes to the main exhibitions not only reveal further fascinating aspects of the history of Newry and the surrounding area, but it is done in an engaging, entertaining and fascinating manner, with true curatorial flair. I would encourage everyone with an interest in their local history to visit Newry and Mourne Museum. NIMC is pleased to be able to support the museum for this project.”

Contact Details

028 3031 3177


Revamp 2016

1916 Lecture Series

31/03/2016

From 18 - 22 April there will be a four day course, presented by Dr. Cathal McManus, Queens University of Belfast, that will look at the key players and driving forces that lay behind the 1916 Easter Rising.

Placing the rising within the wider context of nationalism and militancy in Europe, the course will look at the efforts to reinvigorate the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the impact of Ulster Unionist opposition to the 1912 Home Rule Bill and examine the role played by key individuals in driving the rising forward. The talks are as follows:

18 April 10am – 12pm: Ireland in 1916: The Political Context to Insurrection

19 April 10am – 12pm: Planning the Rebellion: Developing the Conspiracy

21 April 10am – 12pm: Insurrection – Key events and battles

22 April 10am – 12pm: Who Fears to Speak of Easter Week: Exploring the Legacy of 1916

This course 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


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