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Art Class


Join guest artist Orla Barry for a follow on workshop designed for those who attended our previous ‘Explore Drawing for Beginners’ art classes last year.

This two-hour workshop aims to expand students’ knowledge of drawing. Using pencil, ink, charcoal and graphite students will observe and draw a variety of still life objects.

In this session, we will further develop the techniques of sketching, measuring and shading along with perspective and mark making.

Numbers are limited to 10 people and pre booking of places is advisable. Suitable for ages 16 plus.

Date: 26 January
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Admission: £5 per person

Contact Details

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

Art Class 2019

St Patrick's Day 2019


On St. Patrick’s Day there will be an afternoon of traditional music with the group, Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP) from 1pm - 3pm.

These are multi-talented young musicians, expert in the banjo, guitar, bodhran, fiddle, whistle and uilleann pipes and their high-energy delivery will delight audiences with jigs, reels, barndances and slides.

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

This free event will be a great way to start your St. Patrick's Day.

Contact Details

For more information or to book please call 028 3031 3178

TAP at the Museum

Rails around Newry Lecture


Newry and Mourne Museum will host the talk "Rails around Newry", which will be delivered by Belfast-based railway historian Charles Friel on 28 March at 7.30pm. Cost per person is £3.

The talk will be a recreation in pictures of travelling by train - and usually by steam - from Poyntzpass through Goraghwood to the border, from Goraghwood towards Markethill and Armagh, from Goraghwood to Newry, and from Newry to both Greenore and the famous branch to Warrenpoint. There will also be a few pictures of the horse trams to Rostrevor and the Bessbrook tram.

Most of the pictures will be from the late Des FitzGerald, a dentist from Armagh who spent many hours at the lineside in the 1960s at all times of the day and year. Many of the lines closed before Des began taking railway photographs, so the pictures from earlier times will come form a variety of other photographers.

Charles is a founder member of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and he has delivered many railway talks across these islands.

This talk complements the current temporary exhibition, 'An Excursion into the History of the Newry and Warrenpoint Railway' which, charts the history of the railway line and memories will be stimulated for many people by the range of objects, documents and photographs on display.

This display will be open until 31 August 2019.

Contact Details

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

Rails Around Newry

Traditional Bread-making Workshop


Have you ever wondered how your Grandma made soda bread and potato bread?

So you can join Tracey from Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen on Friday 19 and 26 April at Newry and Mourne Museum to learn how traditional breads are made.

Tracey specialises in traditional bread making including soda, wheaten bread and potato bread and she returns to the Museum to facilitate a hands on workshop demonstrating how to make all of these, plus offering advice on various alternative ingredients.

There will be one workshop at 10am and another at 1pm. These should last approximately 1 ½ hours

The cost for this event is £10 per person and numbers are limited so 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

Soda Bread

‘Comfort Bowls' - Pebble Art Workshop


Join guest artist Angela Gillen on 18 May from 1pm until 3pm for a class designed for adults to make their own 'comfort bowls' using painted pebbles to create a work of art with inspirational messages.

Numbers are limited to 10 people and pre-booking of places is advisable.

Admission: £5 per person. Suitable for ages 16 plus.

Contact Details

For further information of if you wish to book call 028 3031 3178

Comfort Bowls2

European Heritage Open Days 2019


September 14 and 15, 2019 are designated European Heritage Open Days and this year Newry and Mourne Museum has organised different activities for each of the days.

On Saturday 14, at 11.30am and again at 2.30pm Tracey Jeffery from NI Food Tours will visit the Museum for a demonstration of bread making (with sampling of course). Tracey specialises in traditional bread making including soda, wheaten bread and potato bread. She will demonstrate how to make all of these plus the various alternative ingredients you can use instead. Admission is free.

On Sunday 15, at 2pm and again at 3pm there will be free tours of the Museum. You will be guided through the galleries and displays that highlight the history of this unique region. Also, on display will be the new temporary exhibition “War Declared: the local impact of World War II”.

Contact Details

Pre-booking of places for these events is necessary. If you wish to book or you require more information please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@nmandd.org.

Bread Making

Shadow Boxes


Join guest artist Esther Cromie for a class designed for adults to make their own ‘Shadow Boxes' using various materials.

They would look perfect for this time of year.

Numbers are limited to 15 people and pre-booking of places is advisable.

Suitable for ages 16 plus.

Date 12 October
Time 11am – 4pm
Admission: £10 per person

Contact Details

To book call 028 3031 3178

Shadow Box

Halloween 2019


This year on Saturday 19 and 26 October your kids can visit Newry and Mourne Museum to unleash their wild and wicked imaginations to create ghostly arts and crafts in celebration of the scariest time of the year.

There are two sessions, 10.30am - 12.00pm and again from 1.30pm - 3.00pm. Cost per child is £1.50. This activity is appropriate for children aged 4 -11 years.

Numbers for these workshops are limited to 20 children so pre-booking of places is advisable.

On Hallowe’en itself, October 31st guest artist Esther Cromie will visit the Museum to show participants how to make their own ‘Trick-or-Treat’ bag.

Times are as follows: 11.00am – 12.00pm, 1.15pm - 2.15pm and 2.30 – 3.30pm. Cost per child is £1.50.

For all these events children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Details

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

Trick or Treat

Swingin' Wartime Revue - One night only!


Get your glad rags ready on Saturday 2 November, to go to the ‘Swingin' War-time Revue’. One night only!

Guests will make their way back in time to the 1940’s to experience a night of theatrical entertainment, music and food, all complete with an on-site bar.

You also be treated to a cabaret hosted by the inimitable Caolan McBride, featuring Swing Gals one of Northern Ireland's all girl vocal collectives, comedian George Firehorse, juggler Grant Goldie and many more.

As you can explore all the galleries of the Museum you will be met with many more performers and artists, including Leonie Pony, and the Casino jazz band.

The best of local food and drink will be served too, from sweet treats, to craft gin, as well as beer and cider tastings all within the Museum walls.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey explains the reasons behind the event “Newry has an incredible history of performing arts especially during the second World War, with many of the famous names associated with the period including Glenn Miller playing in the Town Hall. We want to celebrate this fact with our own special evening”.

‘Swingin' War-time Revue’ will take place on 2 November in Newry & Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle from 6.30pm – 11.00pm.

The event is part of “The Late Shift” – a series of after-dark, adults-only happenings in museums across Northern Ireland this autumn to encourage over 18s to try a different kind of night out at their local museum.

For further information telephone 028 3031 3182 / 3178.

Contact Details

Tickets for this strictly over-18s event are £10 and available to book online: bit.ly/LateShiftTickets


Autumn Lecture Series


World War Two Lectures

Newry and Mourne Museum will host a lecture series that will look at key aspects of the Second World in Ireland from 1939 - 1945.

This series of talks complement the new temporary exhibition ‘War Declared: the local impact of World War II’.

Dates & Times
9 and 16 November 11am – 1pm
22 November 2pm – 4pm.

This course is free of charge, but pre-booking of places is advisable

Contact Details

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


Miracle Market


You are invited to the Miracle Market, on 8 December, from 1.30 pm to 5pm at Newry and Mourne Museum.

On sale there will be various Christmas crafts, including wooden snowmen, wreaths, as well as art prints, funky hair bows, skin care products and more.

There will also be music and maybe even a mince pie!.

This event has been organised by the participants of the Reimagine Remake Replay programme, which is part of National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme, a cross-sector approach between the heritage and youth sectors, to make heritage relevant to the lives of young people, aged 16-25, now and into the future.

Part of this initiative is an event management training programme, the culmination of which is the Miracle Market.

We hope to see you there.

Miracle Market

Baby Daddy


Baby Daddy is a show for babies aged 6-18 months with an all-male cast. It features 3 male performers, each playing a live instrument, and takes place in a specially-designed tourable theatre space, playing to 6-8 babies at a time (and their grown-ups).

It utilises Replay’s knowledge of sensory theatre, music and play, and expertise in working with babies to create a unique, safe and fun-filled show full of making friends and laughter.

With three beardy men, powerful live instruments, lots of rumbling songs, and a bit of rough and tumble, this show is the daddy of them all.

Newry and Mourne Museum is delighted to host three sessions on 12 February; 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm.

**This is a free event but tickets will need to reserved in advance**

Supported by: The National Lottery Community Fund, Northern Ireland Museums Council & Replay Theatre Company.

Contact Details

If you wish to book please call 0330 137 4422

The Built Heritage of South Down


We are delighted to host Dr Phillip Smith who will give a talk on the built heritage of south Down

Using local examples Philip will talk about the process of researching historic buildings in the context of his book Buildings of South County Down (2019).

Philip is a historian who has worked in the field of historic buildings throughout Ireland for over 22 years. He is the author of An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Wicklow (2004) as well as The Buildings of South County Down. He currently works for Historic Environment Division.

Date: Thursday 5th March
Time: 2.00pm
Admission: Free

Contact Details

To book call 0330 137 4422.

The Built Heritage of South Down

Archiving the Conflict


Newry and Mourne Museum is facilitating this special event which will offer new insight into the different ways that museums, archives and other organisations preserve and present memories of the conflict.

During this event you will get a chance to watch recordings from the Prisons Memory Archive (PMA), hear personal recollections from PMA participants in a special panel discussion, explore PRONI’s archives relating to the Maze and Long Kesh Prison, and take a tour of Newry and Mourne Museum’s collection.

This event is free but please book a place via the link below to help us organise catering. https://archivingtheconflict.eventbrite.co.uk

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For more information on the Prisons Memory Archive please visit: www.prisonsmemoryarchive.com

Venue - Newry and Mourne Museum
Date - Saturday 7 March 2020
Time - 11am – 2pm

Contact Details


Watchtower of Maze and Long Kesh Prison ©Prisons Memory Archive

Living in Lockdown Project


Residents Asked to Share Their Experience of ‘Living in Lockdown’

In recognising the scale and impact of COVID-19 on our district, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, through its museums, will record for future generations how we lived through these very different and difficult circumstances.

The aim of this new project, called ‘Living in Lockdown’, is to understand the impact the pandemic has had on individuals, business, commerce, arts, culture, sport and religious life in our district. Whatever experience you are living through – big or small, negative or positive – we would like to know. What do you do to keep fit? Do you live your life via Skype, Facebook and Zoom? Do you still attend your church service online? Maybe you have been forced to do all those DIY jobs you were putting off?

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey said, “This is a project unlike any other the Council has undertaken. To those looking back on these extraordinary times, it will show how we came together as a community to help keep each other safe.

“’Living in Lockdown’ will be co-ordinated by Newry and Mourne Museum and Down County Museum, both of which act as the district’s collective memory-bank. The project will help both museums record the history of this difficult period and we are very keen to collect your reactions, responses and feelings as to how your life has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic for posterity.”

Councillor Casey continued, “The material collected will be wide ranging and include photography and video recordings, social media posts, email bulletins, newspapers, artefacts and documents, and diaries which may take the form of daily written or online diary accounts. The invaluable contribution of essential workers and the voluntary sector will be explored, as well as businesses, communities and individuals who have mobilised their resources to help.

“We are asking our residents to help and to share their story with us. You may be self-isolating or work as a care provider, maybe you are self-employed. Whatever you are doing, we are interested in all aspects of your life, great and small.”

If you are interested in taking part in this unique project to share your stories, thoughts, pictures, diaries and journals, or anything else that you feel captures what we are currently living through, please email museum@nmandd.org or DCMuseum@nmandd.org for details on how to make a submission.

Contact Details

For further information, please telephone 0330 137 4034

Lockdown 2020

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