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Mayor opens exhibition marking 50 year milestone of Civil Rights

09 October 2018

Local school children were among the first to view a special new exhibition which was launched by the Mayor of Derry and Strabane on Friday, on the 50th anniversary of the Duke Street March.

Mayor Cllr John Boyle welcomed local school children and guests to the Nerve Visual Gallery at Ebrington to view the new collection of artefacts and memorabilia highlighting some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights era, some on display for the first time.

The Speeches, Strikes and Struggles: Curating Conflict exhibition is led by the Tower Museum, and offers the chance for the public to view rarely before seen collections highlighting key moments of the Troubles dating from 1968 to the present day. It combines resources from three major collections held in the museum collections - the Bridget Bond collection, the Gerry Lynch collection and the newly acquired Peter Moloney Collection.

The Mayor told those gathered that the collection provided a fascinating snapshot of the time, and the opportunity for younger people to gain an understanding of the backdrop of the Civil Rights era. Those attending also had the opportunity to hear from Harry Bond, Bridget’s youngest son, and Peter Moloney himself. Throughout the day school groups took part in a series of special workshops led by leading academics on the civil rights era. 

Hosted in the Nerve Visual Building in Ebrington, the new Speeches, Strikes and Struggles: Curating Conflict is the latest event in the Nerve Centre’s programme of exhibitions, Exploring ‘68. The programme aims to ask questions and encourage discussion around the legacy of Northern Ireland's 1968 fifty years on.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday October 4th until Friday 23rd December 2018. Opening hours at the Nerve Visual Building are Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sundays 1pm – 6pm.

The exhibition is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.