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Letterkenny Accommodation - Tower Museum, Derry

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The Tower Museum tells the story of Derry, chronicling the history of the city from its geological formation through to the present day.

This award winning museum is located within the city’s historic walls at Union Hall Place. Permanent exhibitions in the museum include The Story of Derry exhibition and an exhibition based around an Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera. However during the year the museum also plays host to a range of other temporary exhibitions. All the exhibitions use both display and interactive techniques to present their stories to the public.

The Story of Derry exhibition has just re-opened following renovation. It has been fitted with new display cases, improved visitor orientation and a series of updated audiovisuals. Alongside these improvements there are several new displays dealing with the 20th century city and taking the Story of Derry up to the present day.

The City of Derry is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in the island of Ireland and has a absorbing history. The Story of Derry exhibition at the Tower Museum uses a range of display techniques and original artefacts to narrate the story from early monastic times, Plantation, Siege of Derry, through to the growth of Derry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The city played its own part in the dramatic events of the early 20th century and during the Partition of Ireland. Life during the 20th century is also described, in particular the build up to the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of the Troubles on the people living here. The exhibition ends with a glimpse of where the city is today.

An Armada shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera recounts the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada Fleet. In 1588 it sank in Kinnagoe Bay in Co. Donegal during a violent storm and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The exhibition tells the story of the people involved  - from  the soldiers and sailors aboard the Trinidad Valencera to the divers and archaeologists who discovered and excavated the ship.

An range of exciting artefacts on loan from the Ulster Museum, recovered from La Trinidad Valencera includes cannons, textiles, pottery, wooden bowls, pewter dishes, goblets, coins and shoes along with many other items. Novel exhibition design and layout encourage a sense of exploration and discovery while audio-visual and interactive displays offer a wealth of information for student, visitor and tourist alike.

Audio guides of the exhibition are available in a choice of six languages. There’s also a Discussion Trail, aimed primarily at schoolchildren, which encourages those visiting the exhibition to use lessons from the history of the Elizabethan era to look at conflict resolution in today’s society. Other educational resources are also available- see Education section.

The exhibition is spread out over four floors and is accessible by lift or stairs. A guide to the exhibition is available in alternative formats on request, in large print, computer disk, PDF, Braille, audio-tape and minority ethnic languages.

Opening Hours - Tues - Sat 10 am to 5pm
July - August - Mon - Sat 10 am to 5pm and Sunday 11 am to 3pm
Sept - Mon - Sat 10 am to 5pm

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