People urged to explore Derry's
FROM the shirt
factories to the city walls - local amateur
historians are getting the opportunity to explore
Derry's "captivating history".
A special campaign will get underway shortly to
encourage people to access the local archives in the
The ‘Explore Your Archives’ campaign takes place
from November 10-16 with special drop in sessions at
the Tower Museum from Thursday to Saturday November
13 -15 between 10am -12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
Derry Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson urged anyone with
an interest in local history to take the opportunity
to find out more about the archives.
“As we all know Derry has a captivating history, and
this campaign presents the opportunity to explore
family histories and documents detailing the city’s
most significant events. The archives available date
right back over 300 years offering come fascinating
insights into the city’s colourful past," she said.
An image taken from the 'Textiles
Collections' of the Derry Archives showing workers
at the City Factory during the 1950s.
Derry City Council
archivist Bernadette Walsh added: “We are delighted
to take this opportunity to showcase the archive
collections. The archivist and genealogist will be
on hand to advise and assist visitors on how to
access the collections and a small selection of
archives will be on display.
“This is an opportunity to learn more about what
collections we have, how to access the documents,
how to research your family history and to ask those
burning questions about the past! You’ll be amazed
at what you might uncover!”
This collection documents over 300 years of the
city’s history and includes items as diverse as one
of the city’s charters, to items relating to the
shirt factories, the railways, conflict, maritime
history and a range of artworks.
Meanwhile, the genealogy database
www.derry.rootsireland.ie includes more than one
million essential records when tracing your