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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

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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.

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"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

Landownership in South-West Exhibition


From 18th April the new temporary exhibition on “Landownership in South-West Down” will be open free of charge to the public.

The exhibition, which runs until 28th February 2015, explores local landlords such as the Halls of Narrow Water and the Ross family of Rostrevor, and their estates.

Special attention is given to the development of Warrenpoint and Rostrevor.

A wide variety of estate documents from the Museum’s Reside Collection is used in the exhibition to highlight different aspects of the history of estates and landowning families in the area.

The centre piece of the exhibition is a very colourful charter given to Sir Charles Russell in 1894 granting him a peerage as Baron Russell of Killowen.

Contact Details

For information on opening hours, events, services please telephone 028 3031 3182 / 3178 or visit www.bagenalscastle.com


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

Autumn Lecture Series 2014


“Landownership in South-West Down” Autumn Lecture Series

Newry and Mourne Museum will host a number of lectures in October examining the theme of landlords and landownership in South-West Down.

Thursday October 2nd at 7.30pm Prof. Raymond Gillespie, National University Ireland, Maynooth, will speak about “Land and Power in South Down 1600-1700”.

County Down was different in the seventeenth century. It was not part of the Ulster plantation scheme and its landowners were not constrained by the rules that it set down. This lecture explores the problems of survival and failure of South Down landowners, with the social consequences of the distribution of power in South Down, over the seventeenth century.

Thursday October 9th at 7.30pm Dr. Olwen Purdue of Queen’s University, Belfast will talk about “Challenge and change: Landlords, Tenants and the Big House in South Ulster 1880-1920”.

This talk will examine the experience of the Big House in South Ulster during the turbulent period from 1880 through to the early twentieth century. Focusing on a number of large estates in Armagh and South Down, the talk will explore the challenges faced by the landlord class over the period as a combination of tenant agitation and government legislation led to the loss of their political and economic ascendancy, the break-up of their estates and, in some cases, the destruction of their country houses.

Thursday October 16th at 7.30pm Hugh McShane “The development of Warrenpoint town” Includes tour of exhibition “Landownership in South-West Down”.

This presentation illustrates the history of Warrenpoint, a fascinating example of a town that grew to become a popular holiday and tourist destination, a significant international port, and a thriving community. This is the story of the economic, social and political history of Warrenpoint, and the role played by leading figures who helped shape its identity, drive its development and establish it as a major influence in South Down and beyond.

Contact Details

All the above talks will cost £3 per head. Seating is strictly limited so booking is essential. If you require further information please contact Shane McGivern, on 028 3031 3173 or email shane.mcgivern@newryandmourne.gov.uk

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