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Living History for Schools at the Museum


The Museum is currently developing ĎLiving Historyí 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 havenít 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 Bagenalís 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


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.

Newry and Mourne Museum celebrates thirty years of service to the local community


This year marks thirty years of service for Newry and Mourne Museum. Originally housed in the then Newry Arts Centre, the Museum was officially opened by the Chairman of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor Pat Toner, along with Major Gerald Reside, a founder member of the Old Newry Society, on 30th May 1986.

Tony Canavan was the first Museum Officer and those early days were focused on building up the Museum Collection. This meant encouraging members of the public and local historians to donate valuable, sometimes personal items, to the new service, which would tell the rich history of the Newry and Mourne area. Many of these initial donations are on display in the new Museum at Bagenalís Castle, including a spinning wheel, the Gelston clock, the Order of St. Patrick Robes and the John Mitchel chairs.

Even though the original Museum was located in a small area of the Arts Centre, its diverse exhibitions encouraged many visits from the members of the public and local schools. One of the most popular artefacts was a Georgian panelled room, originally from a house in North Street in Newry. This was on loan from the Department of the Environment.

Up until 1999 there was only one member of staff but with the help of external funding, staff began to grow. A number of volunteers also made a significant contribution to the work of the Museum. Additional staff increased the capacity for more temporary exhibitions and education work with schools became of core area of the Museumís role in the district. Much of the work of the Museum at this time was central to many major local achievements such as Newry becoming a City in 2002.

Perhaps the most significant change the Museum has seen was its move to Bagenalís Castle in 2007, the former home of McCannís Bakery. The larger building increased exhibition space for permanent and temporary exhibitions and provided enhanced storage facilities. A major element in the new building is the Reading Room used by the public to consult the Museumís local history archive.

Since re-opening in March 2007 the Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the world. Visitors see three main exhibition galleries featuring pre-historic artefacts, medieval carvings from Newry Cistercian abbey, 18th, 19th and 20th century objects, as well as artefacts relating to McCannís Bakery.

Two temporary exhibitions are held each year that further highlight the rich heritage and culture of the region. Since 2007 there have been over thirty temporary exhibitions based on the Museum Collection supplemented with loans from the public. These temporary exhibitions inform the Museumís dynamic education and events programme and help sustain Newry and Mourne Museumís high visitor figures which, at an average of 36,000 per year, are among the highest for local museums in Northern Ireland.

Opening of Newry and Mourne Museum Tony Canavan Major Reside Pat Toner

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