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Celebration of life of Mabel Colhoun continues at Tower Museum

10 July 2017

A fascinating new exhibition shining a light on the life of pioneering local woman Mabel Colhoun opened its doors at the Tower Museum on Friday evening, launched by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh.

The launch will be followed this week by the first in a series of events to accompany the new exhibition, a talk by historian Denise Henry, taking place at the Museum on Thursday 13th July at 7pm.

'The Life and Times of Mabel Remington Colhoun (1905-1992)' will examine the work and research conducted by Mabel in the areas of Heritage and Education in the Northwest.

Denise Henry will explore why Mabel got involved in so many facets of heritage here in the city, looking at her family’s influence and highlighting her involvement in societies traditionally associated with men. Denise will also present new findings from the cataloguing project, including some never before seen images of the city in the early 20th century. 

The talk will be a great introduction to those unfamiliar with Mabel's work but may be interested in local natural and archaeological heritage, as well as the development of education here a century ago. 

Denise has been working closely with the Tower Museum in unearthing Mabel's huge collection of slides and photographs. There are over 10,000 in the collection, many of local features and buildings that are no longer standing. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-invigorate our perception of the development of the city and surrounding landscape over the years.

Curator with the Tower Museum Roisin Doherty said it was fantastic to welcome members of Mabel Colhoun’s family for the launch. “The launch of the exhibition last week by the Mayor and the unveiling of an Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque on the Tower Museum by Mabel's niece Kyleen Clarke was a very moving opening to an exciting series of events.

“The Museum will host a number of talks on Mabel's achievements, local archaeology, local suffragists, landscape heritage as well as photography and sketching workshops. There is something in the programme for all ages. We would encourage all archaeology and history enthusiasts to come along to the talk on Thursday to find out more.”

Anyone who would like to attend can RSVP by contacting [email protected] or by calling 028 7137 2411​.


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