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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
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
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
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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