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Tower Museum to host closing event for 1916 exhibition

14 November 2016

The Tower Museum will host a cultural celebration of music, poetry and drama to mark the close of the popular 1916: Untold Stories exhibition, a highlight of the Creative Centenaries programme.

Taking place in Derry’s Guildhall on Wednesday November 23, the event will draw to a close the eight month long run of the exhibition, which looked at the impact of the events of 1916 on the people of the city and the wider north west region. 

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the event would be a fitting way to mark the end of such a significant showcase of the district’s shared history.

“The Untold Stories exhibition has offered a fascinating insight into the lives of local people who were caught up in some of the most historic events of the last century. It has brought their stories to light and offered the chance to learn more about how times of conflict can reshape culture and the social order.

“This is a great opportunity to reflect upon what has been a monumental year, through the medium of poetry, music and drama. The exhibition has brought to the fore how the seismic events of that year impacted upon local people, as well as those with strong connections to the city.”

Wednesday night’s event will include performances from musicians Voice and Verse, The Allegri Choir and Tracey McRory - all of whom have performed or written music influenced by the events of a century ago.

Derry writer Colette Bryce will read from her own poetry inspired by the events of 1916 and from the iconic poetry of other well-known Irish writers. The night will also feature drama excerpts from new production To Thee I Serve and the Francis Ledwidge inspired play, Still, The Blackbird Sings.

Education Officer with the Tower Museum, Ronan McConnell said: “We have been delighted at the level of interest in the exhibition over the past eight months and to have been able to offer the opportunity to record these personal stories for new generations.

“This is such a historically significant year and the exhibition has been significant in terms of perpetuating the legacy of the events of 1916 and celebrating the contributions of local people in the areas of the arts, politics and social reform.”

Tickets for this one off event are free and are available online at https://1916untoldstoriesclosingevent.eventbrite.co.uk or by calling the  Tower Museum on 02871 372411.

Further information is available on our website www.derrystrabane.com/museums/events

This event is organised in partnership with the Nerve Centre’s Creative Centenaries programme.