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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

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

All Politics is Local Exhibition


Today Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Cllr. Daire Hughes opened a new temporary exhibition ‘All Politics is Local’ at Newry and Mourne Museum, which explores the development of local government in the area over the last two hundred years.

The exhibition commences with the establishment of the Newry Police Commissioners in 1828, the Town Commissioners in 1865, the introduction of Urban and Rural District Councils in the 1890s, the setting up of Newry and Mourne District Council in 1973 to the re-organisation of local government in 2015.

The panels and the accompanying booklet cover a wide range of issues, from national events affecting local government in Newry and Mourne through to the individuals that have had a lasting impact on the development of this district.

Also on display are documents and artefacts highlighting the important role the various council’s played in everyday life, from responsibility for the provision of electricity to the allocation of housing.

“With the establishment of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, it is timely to look back at local government in the area formerly administered by Newry and Mourne District Council” says Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator at Newry and Mourne Museum. “One of my favourite items on display is the c. 1950s ballot box that was used for elections in St. John Bosco Hall on Kilmorey Street, but there are many other items which will spark memories for those who visit the exhibition.”

The exhibition, which runs until 28th February 2016.

Contact Details

The exhibition is open free of charge. For further details, contact the Museum Curator on 028 30313182 or Assistant Curator on 028 30313177.

All Politics is Local

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.

The world has become smaller: transport through the ages in Newry and Mourne


Newry and Mourne Museum's newest exhibition ‘The world has become smaller: transport through the ages in Newry and Mourne’ is now on display until 2nd May 2016.

The exhibition explores the development of transport in the area from prehistoric times to the present day. A range of artefacts and documents examining aspects of road, rail, canal and maritime transport will be on display. These include models of local ships, a theodolite used for surveying the Newry Canal and a uniform belonging to Captain John McParland, a member of a local maritime family.

Highlights of the exhibition include artefacts and images relating to Warrenpoint Railway on loan from Barrie Domleo. He and his brother Andrew photographed and filmed Warrenpoint Railway Station and line from 1961 until it closed in January 1965. Many of the images contain photographs of people who worked at the Station including George Walker, the last Signalman at Warrenpoint. His cap and pocket watch have been lent to the exhibition by his daughter Pauline Reardon. She and Barrie Domleo met up last year as part of BBC NI’s Walk the Line programme.

Contact Details

The exhibition is free of charge and for further details, contact the Museum Curator on 028 30313182 or Assistant Curator on 028 30313177.


Annual Famine Commemoration 2015


The 2015 Famine Commemoration will take place on Saturday, 26th September, in Newry. This is the eighth year in which the Great Famine has been marked with a formal Commemoration and the first time that the Commemoration will take place in Northern Ireland.

In recognition of the fact that the Great Famine affected all parts of the island, the location of the annual Commemoration has rotated in sequence between the four provinces since the first Commemoration took place in Dublin in 2008 and falls to Ulster in 2015.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has put together an extensive programme of activities.

For more information on these events please copy the following link into your web browser.


Annual Famine Commemoration 2015 Events at Newry and Mourne Museum


As part of the events organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to commemorate the Great Famine, Newry and Mourne Museum would like to invite you to take part in the following activities.

From 21st - 25th September there will be five day history course titled ‘Understanding the Impact of the Great Famine in Ulster’ facilitated by Dr Gerard MacAtasney. The course aims to address the misconception that Ulster was immune to one of the greatest human disasters of the nineteenth century. This will run between 1pm - 3pm.

Dr. Fionntán DeBrun will give a talk on 22nd September at 7.30pm on ‘The Great Famine and the Irish language’. The Great Famine is generally regarded as having dramatically precipitated the decline of the Irish language. This talk will consider this linguistic landscape as part of an examination of how Irish speakers reacted to the crisis as it unfolded.

There will be a short course from 29th September – 1st October that will examine ‘Irish Migration: The Famine and After’. Dr Grainne McEvoy will present an overview of Irish migration, looking at the generation of migrants who left Ireland during the Famine within the context of the much longer history of emigration from the Island, and the legacy of the Irish Diaspora. This will run between 3pm - 5pm.

These events form part of an extensive programme of activities organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for the 2015 Famine Commemoration taking place 26th September in Newry.

Contact Details

All activities are free of charge, but pre-booking of places is advisable. If you wish to book or you require more information please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email declan.carroll@newryandmourne.gov.uk

Annual Famine Commemoration 2015

Culture Night 2015


lture Night at Newry and Mourne Museum 2015

As part of the events and activities organised for Culture Night, Newry and Mourne Museum is delighted to have as our special guest for the evening internationally renowned storyteller Niall de Búrca.

Niall is one the top traditional storytellers with a unique style that turns an ancient art form on its head and drives into the 21st century. Combining powerful stage presence and delivery, he has a mighty range of stories and an ability to reach all ages.

There will be two performances starting at 6.30pm and the other at 7.45pm

Also the Museum galleries will be open to the public from 6pm - 8pm so you can see the history and culture of the region on display, including the two temporary exhibitions, ‘All politics is local’ and ‘The world has become smaller, transport through the ages in Newry and Mourne’.

So come along to the Museum Friday 18th, all free of charge.

Contact Details

To book or for more information please telephone 028 3031 3178

Niall de Burca

Annual Famine Commemoration Conference


Please find details of the Annual Famine Commemoration Conference to be held in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry, from 23rd September

Contact Details

For more information contact tommyfegan@gmail.com

Fam Con 1

Famine Conference Continued


Here are further details of the Annual Famine Conference

Contact Details

For more information contact tommyfegan@gmail.com

Fam Con 2

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