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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

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.


Museum re-opened

29/03/2018

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

04/04/2018

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.


‘Dorset Button Making’ craft workshops

11/04/2018

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


National Drawing Day 2018

14/05/2018

National Drawing Day has become a major annual event for Museums north and south focusing on a range of drawing activities that invite participants to engage with museum collections or current exhibitions.

Newry and Mourne Museum will be taking part this year with a workshop for children titled ‘Colour Wheel Self Portrait’. Participants will take a brief tour of the Museum’s art collection and after that, they will learn how to draw faces using markers, pencils, and crayons. Children should bring in a photograph of themselves or member of their family.

An adult must accompany children. The session will start at 10.00am – 12pm on Saturday 19 May. This activity is suitable for ages 7 – 11, and an adult must accompany all children. There is a cost of £1.50 per child.


This year we have decided to let some of the grown-ups take part in some of our activities as guest artist Orla Barry hosts 'Explore Drawing for Beginners,’ a class designed for adults who have not had the opportunity to take up drawing before. There will be some quick fun exercises followed by more focused activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, using a mixture of mediums including pencils, charcoal and ink on paper.

The session will start at 1pm – 3pm on Saturday 19 May. This activity is suitable for ages 16 plus. There is a cost of £5 per person.

Numbers for these activities are limited so pre-booking of places is essential.

Contact Details

For more information or to book please telephone Newry and Mourne Museum 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@nmandd.org.


Summer Lectures 2018

05/06/2018

Newry and Mourne Museum is hosting two talks in June.

Monday 11th June 10am – 12pm

The People’s Act: Democracy to the Fore

This talk will provide a historical background to the Representation of the People Act (1918) and examine its key legacy. In particular, it will examine its significance for women as demands for equal suffrage continued.

Tuesday 12th June 10am – 12pm

War and Peace: 1918 in Context

This talk will look at end of World War I and assess its short term legacy. It will assess the hopes and expectations of those involved in the conflict as peace was finally restored.

Both of these talks will be delivered by Dr. Cathal McManus from Queens University Belfast.

Contact Details

The lectures are free of charge, but pre-booking of places is advisable. If you wish to book or you require more information about this event please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@nmandd.org


Summer Lectures 2018

Cake Decorating Workshop

26/06/2018

On Saturday 30 June 10am to 4pm Lindy McMahon will facilitate a step by step, hands on workshop suitable for adults (18 plus) on cake decorating.

As you can see by the picture of the finished cake this may be the workshop for the fashion conscious.


The workshop costs £15 and does not include a lunch. This will be a pre-paid event.

Numbers for this activity are limited so pre-booking of places is essential.

Contact Details

To book call 028 3031 3178


Handbag Cake

Make in the Museum

17/07/2018

We will host from 23 – 27 July 2018 the second of our summer workshops inspired by the main and temporary exhibitions titled 'Make in the Museum' .

Children will take part in an exciting, creative exploration of the Museum’s unique artefacts through the medium of drawing, sculpture/installation and glass.

Each participant will choose an object on display in the galleries that interests them, and through the processes of photography, drawing, 2D sculpture, 3D sculpture, glass design and glass painting they will recreate that object using a variety of techniques.

At the end of the week they will have created a series of distinct objects reflecting the history of Newry and Mourne.

Each day’s activity will lead on to the next day’s event, so participants are encouraged to stay for all five days.

The workshops will take place from 10.30am – 1pm and will cost £15 per child for the week. Numbers are limited and the sessions planned are suitable for children aged 7 - 12.

Parents are encouraged to stay, but it is not essential. Children must be dressed for mess. If you intend to leave your child you will have to fill a registration form and return it to the Museum.

Contact Details

If you wish to book or you require more information, please telephone 028 3031 3178.


Glass Painting

August Arts 2018

02/08/2018

On 19 August, Lindy McMahon returns to the Museum to facilitate a metal embossing workshop. Participants will design and create a personal journal with metal embossed covers using a variety of metalwork techniques.


This session will run from 10am to 4pm. There will be a £15 cost per person. Please note, lunch is not provided. Pre-payment (cash or cheque only) for this activity is required to secure a place, as numbers are very limited.


On 25 August, Catherine Bradford will introduce participants to pebble art. Catherine will demonstrate how you can use natural materials from our local area to create a framed piece of artwork.


There will be two sessions, times are as follows: 10am - 12pm, and 2.00pm – 4.00pm. There will be a £5 cost per person.


The workshops are designed for adults (or anyone over 16).


All sessions will be held here at the Museum. Pre-booking of places for these events is advisable as numbers are strictly limited.

Contact Details

If you wish to book or you require more information, please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@nmandd.org. We would appreciate if participants could inform the Museum if they are unable to attend.


Pebble Art

European Heritage Open Days 2018

31/08/2018

September 8 and 9, 2018 are designated European Heritage Open Days. As part of the events and activities Newry and Mourne Museum has organised free tours of the Museum, which will take place Saturday 8 September.

Guests on the tour will see the changes the Museum underwent as part of a major revamp of the galleries, corridors and displays, including five new museum cases, which now house a number of key items never displayed before. The tour will also include the new temporary exhibition “Centre Stage: A History of Performing Arts in Newry and Mourne”.

Times for the tours are: 12pm – 1pm, 2pm - 3pm, and 3pm - 4pm.

On Sunday 9 September, Orla Barry returns to host 'Explore Drawing for Beginners,’ a class inspired by the Museum’s collection and designed for adults (16 plus) who have not had the opportunity to take up drawing before.

This session will run from 1pm until 3pm.

These events are free of charge but numbers are limited, so pre-booking is advised.

Contact Details

If you wish to book or you require more information, please call 028 3031 3178.


Explore Drawing for Beginners

Culture Night 2018

18/09/2018

21 September is Culture Night and we are delighted to host an evening of music with The Traditional Arts Partnership from 7.30pm – 9pm.

The Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP), was founded in 2011, to celebrate and develop further the musical heritage and culture of south Armagh and (just as importantly) to develop the social skills and self-confidence of young musicians. TAP’s philosophy can be summed up in these three words ‘ceol with soul!’ and the members firmly believe that music belongs to us all, that tunes should be played with a smile.

The Museum exhibitions will also be open to the public from 6pm - 9pm and you will see the changes in the galleries, corridors and displays that took place earlier due to a major revamp.

The new artefacts, five new cases, and new interactive displays along with two new temporary exhibitions, 'Centre Stage: A History of Performing Arts in Newry and Mourne' and 'An Excursion into the History of the Newry and Warrenpoint Railway' means you will have something new to see.

There is no cost for this event.

Contact Details

For more information or to book, please call 028 3031 3178


A Newry Soldier in East Africa 1916 - 1918

28/09/2018

Newry and Mourne Museum will host John Bannon who will talk about his grandfather, John Bannon, who served in the King's African Rifles during the First World War, in the lecture "A Newry Soldier in East Africa 1916 - 1918"

His grandfather kept a detailed diary including being present at the surrender of the German forces led by General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck at Abercorn (now Mbala) in November 1918.

Tea and coffee will be served after the lecture.

To book call 028 3031 3178

Date Thursday 4 October
Time 7.30pm
Admission £3.00

Contact Details

To book call 028 3031 3178


Carnival of Delights

06/10/2018

Roll up, roll up on Friday 19th October. One night only!

The ‘Carnival of Delights’ at Newry and Mourne Museum.

Guests will make their way through the big top style entrance as the circus ringmaster welcomes them into a carnival party with an on-site bar.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mark Murnin explains the reasons behind the event “Newry has an incredible history of performing arts so we wanted to celebrate that. ‘The Greatest Showman’ was the perfect inspiration to turn the castle into another world of performance and surprise.”

Professional makeup artists will be on-hand to make sure guests look the part before exploring the castle filled with carnival performers. Guests can expect performances from 'dangerous harpist' Ursula Burns, comedian Paul Currie, burlesque dancers, magicians, and fire breathers.

They’re also invited to stop by a mysterious fortune teller, or roll up to some Street Countdown and a Sideshow Ramone performance.
The best of local food and drink will be served too - with sweet treats, coffee, and artisan street food outside, to craft gin, beer and cider tastings within the castle walls.

‘Carnival of Delights’ will take place on Friday 19th of October in Newry & Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle from 6.30pm – 11.00pm. Tickets for this strictly over-18s event are £10 and available to book online: bit.ly/LateShiftTickets

The event is part of “The Late Shift” – a series of after-dark, adults-only happenings in museums across Northern Ireland this autumn.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tourism NI, and the Department for Communities as part of European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Contact Details

For further information contact Colette Fahy, thrive, communications@wewillthrice.co.uk, 028 9043 6480 or on 077 314 756 81


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