The role of Derry in establishing Credit Unions in Northern Ireland as well as pictorial records of other key moments in the movement’s history will be on display in the Void Gallery on Patrick St beginning next Wednesday.
Founding members, including John Hume, along with members of the Board of the Irish League of Credit Unions, volunteers and staff from Derry will be among those attending the launch of the exhibition which will remain open to the public until Saturday (March 3rd).
Announcing the Exhibition Rosemary O’Doherty, Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee of the League said:
“Despite the current challenging times, credit unions in Ireland remain a very popular movement and more importantly they are an essential part of our social fabric. As we battle the storm of economic crisis, credit unions are still a vital part of communities in Derry and across the country, offering accessible financial services and an open friendly approach to money management.
In Northern Ireland over 410,000 members have recognised the value of Credit Unions. This exhibition will allow credit union members and members of the public an opportunity to explore how a small number of foresighted individuals founded one of Ireland’s must successful cooperatives - the credit union movement. The exhibition takes you on a journey from the movements beginning in 1958 to present day 2012.”