Derry City & Strabane - Tower Museum issues call out for 1920s archive materials 




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Tower Museum issues call out for 1920s archive materials

25 November 2019

The Tower Museum is calling on the public to bring forward objects and archive materials connected to the final years of the Decade of Centenaries, ahead of a new exhibition taking place in April 2020.

The exhibition, which is part of the Understanding the Decade of Commemorations project, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), will focus on the 1920-1923 period.

Topics will range from Partition and the work of the Boundary Commission creating the border between north and south to the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War – all of which had a significant impact on life in the city and the North West.

The public are being encouraged to come forward with any relevant objects or archive materials they may have in their homes for possible inclusion in the exhibition.

Roisin Doherty, Curator at the Tower Museum, said: “The Tower Museum are particularly keen to welcome collections that offer a view on social, economic and political conditions of the time. Although viewed as a period of great civil unrest we are particularly interested in objects that represent everyday life for people, especially those associated with the formation of the Border.

“Objects from the museum’s collections which may feature in the exhibition include newspapers, books, uniforms, photographs and archive. If you have any objects, archive material, photographs or stories connected to the Decade of Centenaries please get in touch.”

An events programme will run alongside the exhibition, including an international conference scheduled to take place at the Guildhall in June 2020. The creative outputs of participants on cross-community engagement programmes exploring the Decade of Centenaries will also be displayed.

The Understanding the Decade of Commemorations project, which is being delivered by the Nerve Centre, in partnership with the Tower Museum, recently marked its mid-way point. The project has run a number of successful engagement programmes with adults and young people during the last two years, as well as the Creative Centenaries #MakingHistory Exhibition in 2018.

David Lewis, Director of Communications and Digital Content at the Nerve Centre, said: “The Nerve Centre have been working closely with the Tower Museum to deliver the Understanding the Decade of Commemorations project. To date, the project has empowered over 100 people to explore our past together and create responses using filmmaking, digital fabrication and art, as well as events and an exhibition. We are looking forward to continuing this work in the second half of the project.”

Sue Divin, PEACE IV Programme Manager with Derry City & Strabane District Council, said: “The PEACE IV Board are delighted that issues from the Decade of Centenaries are being creatively explored through this project. One hundred years ago the Border was a contentious issue. In today’s context it still remains a topic which evokes significant emotions, memories and debate. It’s hoped that the exhibition will help local communities reflect constructively on facts and perspectives.”

If you have any artefacts, archive material, photographs or stories connected to the Decade of Centenaries please contact the Tower Museum Archivist Bernadette Walsh on or tel: 02871253253.