Derry’s Tower Museum is hosting a major exhibition detailing the city’s connections with the 1916 Easter Rising,

The display, funded by HLF, Peacewalls project and the Housing Executive, explores the events that took place in Derry before, during and after the Easter Rising and how they impacted, in particular, on the Fountain and Bishop Street areas of the city.

Written by Gasyard Trust heritage and tourism officer, Mickey Cooper, and designed by Guildhall Press, it features the stories of many individuals who fought in the Rising and subsequent War of Independence and places the events in the context of what was happening nationally at the time.

The exhibition features a number of rare artefacts from the period and is free to view.

Mickey Cooper said he was “delighted” with how the exhibition had turned out and thanked the residents of the Fountain and Bishop Street plus individuals from both communities who, he said, provided “valuable” historical information.

He added: “We will be launching a similar exhibition on the city’s connections to the Battle of the Somme later in the year as well as a book covering both events accompanied by a website and social media platforms.

“If you have any artefacts, documents or images relating to family members who were involved in either the Rising or Somme I would love to hear from you so we can capture the story of the 1916 period from a local context and preserve it for future generations”

He can be contacted on 07743175709 or derrybluebadgeguide@hotmail.com.

The exhibition will run in the Tower Museum until late April when it will begin its tour of a number of community venues across the city.

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