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Extensive archaeological survey of Inishowen to be discussed at Tower Museum

16 June 2017

Tower Museum will host a special talk this week to analyse and discuss the most extensive archaeological survey ever carried out of Inishowen.

In the latest of the Tower Talk series, the vast and detailed collection of local teacher, naturalist and archaeologist, Mabel Remington Colhoun, will come under the microscope.

Mrs Colhoun was a well known archaeologist and teacher in Derry city and her collection has been catalogued as part of a partnership between the West Inishowen History and Heritage Society (WIHHS) and Derry City and Strabane Council Museum and Visitor Services.

Acting Education Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ronan McConnell, revealed the talk will precede the opening of a major exhibition of the collection later in the summer.

“We are delighted to be working closely with the WIHHS to make this fascinating collection accessible to the public,” he said.
“The talk is part of the lead up to the opening of a new major exhibition ‘Mabel Colhoun: A North-West Pioneer’ in the Tower Museum in July.

“The ultimate goal of the project is to make the collection accessible to all when the cataloguing is completed in summer 2018.”
The West Inishowen History and Heritage Society have been working with the Tower Museum's 'Mabel Remington Colhoun Collection' since early 2016.

In that time they have assembled and ran an exhibition in the Guildhall as part of Archaeology Day 2016 and have presented various talks relating to Ms Colhoun and her archive.

At the beginning of 2017 the society, under the leadership of Michael Liam Gorry and John McCarron, began an extensive cataloguing project designed to list, in detail, every single item of the collection.

This information will eventually be added to the Tower Museum's online collections and will be searchable anywhere in the world.
As well as the upcoming exhibition in the Tower Museum, a smaller satellite exhibition will be held in Buncrana over the summer months.

Liam Gorry, spokesperson for WIHHS, highlighted the importance of Mabel’s work in the Inishowen peninsula.
“Mabel’s work and attention to detail is incredible,” he said. “Her work in producing the first comprehensive archaeological survey of Inishowen has been a huge inspiration for us as a society.

“Mabel also has a strong connection to Inishowen, as her grandfather Robert Colhoun was originally from Malin.

“We are proud to be involved in this project and very excited that some of the collection will also be on display in Buncrana during the summer, where Mabel’s Grandmother Annie Walker lived in her later years.”

Anyone hoping to attend the talk on Friday 23rd at 7pm, please RSVP with [email protected].