Derry City & Strabane - Heritage Week 2020




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Heritage Week 2020


Heritage week- 15th - 23rd August 2020

National Heritage Week celebrates all things heritage. It brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.

The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005. Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme, and last year more than 2,000 events took place across Ireland during the third week of August.

National Heritage Week is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and run in association with Fáilte Ireland.

National Heritage Week 2020

Due to COVID-19-related restrictions on social gatherings, DCSDC will run a series of virtual tours on our social media platforms around this years theme ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’.

The new approach is designed to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge. Projects can comprise researching an aspect of heritage on your doorstep, sharing or re-learning a heritage skill, or exploring an aspect of Ireland’s educational heritage.

The virtual tours will be made available to the public during Heritage Week to explore the history and heritage of the famous City Walls, Strabane the Fair River Valley, and the iconic Guildhall in the heart of Derry City.

Sitting within reach of our famous 400-year-old Walls the Guildhall is one of the City’s most recognisable - and arguably one of the most stunning – landmarks. A Grade A Listed Building built and fashioned in a neo-gothic style is one of the most striking buildings in the North West and was originally built in 1887 by The Honourable The Irish Society.

Take a virtual tour hosted by our in house guides and uncover the buildings many hidden gems, including its grand main hall organ, collection of stunning stained glass windows and the Guildhall Clock and tower. Travel its corridors to get a fascinating insight into this distinctive building’s history.

You can also  the watch a video of the contents from “The Walled City-  400 Years Exhibition” which was on display in Tower Museum in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the completion of the Walls. The exhibition charts the story of the Walls, from military asset to symbolic battleground, from site of conflict to re-imagined space for cultural events.

The recently opened “If stones could speak- The archeological landscape of Tyrone” exhibition displays never before seen archeological collections, coinciding with the “The fair river valley – Strabane through the ages” display in the Alley Theatre.

 The virtual tours will be available during heritage week on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter