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History buffs in for a treat this December

29 November 2018

The Derry City and Strabane District Council Key Commemoration Programme continues with two events taking place in December exploring significant moments in local history.

The series explores the commemoration of historic events and is led by Derry City and Strabane District Council working in conjunction with the Nerve Centre. They particularly centre around centenaries and semi-centennial anniversaries, focusing on the First World War and the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Civil Rights movement and the beginning of the Troubles.

The first of the events takes place in the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington, on Thursday December 6th with a special tour and creative workshop around the ‘Speeches, Strikes and Struggles: Curating Conflict exhibition’. The exhibition brings together three collections of artefacts - the Bridget Bond Collection, the Gerry Lynch Collection and the newly acquired Peter Moloney Collection. The archive features original pieces of memorabilia from the time and documents the stories of local people whose lives were touched by the events.

Niall Kerr from the Nerve Centre said the workshop would explore how campaigners used different forms of media to convey the key messages of the Civil Rights movement. “The workshop will allow participants to see how graphics and designs were used throughout the Civil Rights movement and the Troubles to convey different messages,” he explained.

“Participants will use digital imaging software to produce their own campaign poster for the modern day, inspired by colours, designs and styles of the time, and will also create their own badge designs.”

The Speeches, Strikes and Struggles exhibition can be viewed free of charge in the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington until Friday 23rd December 2018. Opening hours at Nerve Visual are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 5pm and Sundays, 1pm – 6pm. The exhibition is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collection Fund and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

On December 12th at 6.30pm the Tower Museum will take history buffs on a tour on the Making History 1918 exhibition followed by a special workshop. The exhibition shines a light on that significant year in Irish history through the artefacts, stories and recordings of those who were directly involved in the historical events of that year, including the Representation of the People Act, The Armistice and the Spanish Influenza.

During the workshop, participants will learn how to script, record and edit their own historical podcasts inspired by the events of 100 years ago, taking on the roles of people included in the exhibition. 

The #MakingHistory 1918 Exhibition can be viewed free of charge until March 2019. The exhibition is delivered by the Tower Museum in partnership with the Nerve Centre as part of a Decade of Commemorations initiative, a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Both events are free and everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to book a place for any of the events please contact [email protected]. Please note there are limited spaces for these workshops. This engagement project is funded by The Executive Office via the District Council’s Good Relations Programme.

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