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Mayor opens Curious Collections exhibition at the Tower

16 February 2018

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, has officially opened the Curious Collections exhibition at the Tower Museum.

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday February 16th and showcases a selection of the more eccentric objects from the museum’s collections which break from the traditionally themed exhibits and provide an opportunity to view some of the unusual items that hold clues to the past.

The exhibition is taking place as part of the N. Ireland Science Festival, and a number of events are planned over the coming months.

If your little scientists prefer more hands on activities then why not join in the Slime Workshop on Saturday Feb 17th, when the Tower Museum transforms into a sticky slime making lab from 11am – 12noon. This is a family friendly event suitable for ages 4+.

A series of support events will also be taking place based on the Curious Collections, starting on March 22 with a series of handling workshops for specific audiences, including the blind and partially sighted, autism friendly and dementia friendly. Suitable for ages 8+. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact the museum.

On April 19th at 7pm Curator of Ulster Museum’s Elements exhibition, Dr Mike Simms, will be looking more closely at examples of some of the unusual items in the museum with a special talk called Collecting the Curious.

Finally on May 24 at 7pm Robert Corbett will use some rarely seen images and artefacts for a special talk outlining the story of Lifeboats around the Ulster Coast, particularly Lough Foyle.

Spaces are limited for all these events and it is essential that you book in advance. For places please contact [email protected] or phone 028 71372411 to RSVP.

Teachers should note that they can also get in touch with the Tower Museum regarding education packs for schools as well as KS2 and KS3 workshops and tours.