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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

"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.

Back in Time at Newry and Mourne 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



As part of our Heritage Lottery funded First World War Project Newry and Mourne Museum is holding a six week lecture series on Wednesday evenings from Wednesday 14 January to Wednesday 18 February inclusive, beginning at 7:30 pm each evening. The lectures will present both national and local perspectives.

On Wednesday 14 January Professor Keith Jeffery from Queen’s University, Belfast, will consider recruitment in a lecture entitled “Joining Up for What? Irish Recruitment in the First World War".

The second lecture on Wednesday 21 January will be on “Irish Soldiers in the Battles of the First World War”, when the speaker will be historian and author Philip Orr. Among his published books are The Road to the Somme and Field of Bones, which focuses on the experience of Irish soldiers at Gallipoli.

Dr Robert Whan (Newry and Mourne Museum) will give the next two talks. On Wednesday 28 January he will speak about “The Medical Front” covering the role of Irish doctors and nurses, medical advances during the war, how wounded soldiers were treated, and the influenza of 1918. Then on Wednesday 4 February he will speak about “The Home Front: Newry and Mourne in the Great War”.

The penultimate talk will be by Kilkeel author Matt Maginnis on Wednesday 11 February, when he will speak about “Mourne Men and U-Boats”.

Historian and broadcaster, Dr Miles Dungan, who presents The History Show on RTÉ Radio, will be the final speaker on Wednesday 18 February. His lecture is entitled “A Sort of Homecoming: Irish Soldiers and the Aftermath of the Great War”.

This final lecture will be preceded by an opportunity to view the Museum’s new travelling exhibition on “Newry and Mourne in the First World War” and members of the public are also encouraged to bring along and speak about any artefacts they have relating to ancestors in the war.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All the lectures are free but as seating is limited booking is essential. Places will be secured on a first come first served basis.

Contact Details

To reserve a place, at one or more of the lectures, please telephone 028 3031 3173 / 028 3031 3182 or via email, robert.whan@newryandmourne.gov.uk.

January Lecture Series 2015

First World War Project & International Women's Day


To link in with our current Heritage Lottery funded First World War Project and International Women's Day, Newry and Mourne Museum has two forthcoming events planned:

- Friday 6 March 2015 (10am - 4 pm): "Irish Women & Children in World War One": The morning will consist of a mini-conference with various speakers exploring aspects of the role of Irish women in the First World War and the impact the war had on the lives of children. Then in the afternoon there will be a period fashion show which will demonstrate how women's fashion changed from the late 19th century through to the aftermath of the First World War. FREE (including lunch).

- Sunday 8 March 2015 (2pm - 4:30pm): Talk and Film Screening: Screening of 1939 black and white film (PG) about Nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping refugees and Prisoners of War escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War. The film screening will be preceded by a short talk given by the Museum's First World War Project Officer on Newry lady, Ada Bodart's connection to the story. Free (including light refreshments).

There is no charge to attend either event but because space is limited pre-booking is essential.

Contact Details

For further information please email robert.whan@newryandmourne.gov.uk or telephone 028 3031 3173 / 028 3031 3182.

International Women

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