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Tower Museum supports Bus and Train week

07 June 2017

The Tower Museum has teamed up with Translink to celebrate Bus and Train Week which began earlier this week, June 5th and continues through to June 11th, promoting the advantages of using public transport.

The museum will be providing a pop up exhibition at Translink’s Foyle Street bus station and will be displaying a number of collections from the museum, including a selection of objects and images relating to its railway collection.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh said, “Promoting sustainable travel was a key objective of the Council’s Community Plan/ Strategic Growth Plan. The aim this week is to celebrate and promote the advantages of using public transport and to encourage more people to leave their car at home and travel by bus or train. I am very happy to support this initiative and would ask everyone to think about how they currently travel and how they can travel more sustainably to make a difference to our environment.”

Margaret Edwards, Museums and Visitor Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council said, “The Tower Museum are delighted to support Translink’s Bus and Train Week with our pop up displays as it is a great way of highlighting the important role public transport has played in the City and District.

“The city in particular, has a unique history that recognises the important role public transport played in influencing the development of the North West over the years. In 1900 four separate rail networks operated in and out of the city. In 1989 the former Derry City Council opened a museum on Foyle Road, the Foyle Valley Railway Museum in conjunction with the North West Railway Society to tell the story of the areas unique rail network which connected the city to Dublin, Belfast and Donegal.

“As Foyle Valley Railway Museum prepares to open its doors to the public again, members of Destined, who have secured the lease to reopen the museum will be on hand tomorrow, Thursday 8th June to inform the public about the upcoming reopening. There will also be information available on Friday 9th June at Foyle Street Bus Station on the history of shirt factories, the Laurentic and the Tower Museum’s learning and events programme.”

For further details on upcoming events and exhibitions at the Tower Museum, visit www.derrystrabane.com.

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