1,000+ visitors to Free Derry Museum in first week

Museum of Free Derry staff John Kelly, Adrian Kerr and Julieann Campbell pictured in the new-look exhibition space in the Bogside.
Museum of Free Derry staff John Kelly, Adrian Kerr and Julieann Campbell pictured in the new-look exhibition space in the Bogside.

Visitors from all over the world have been flocking to see the new-look Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside.

More than 1,000 people have been through its doors in the first week since it re-opened.

The flagship new building, commissioned by the Bloody Sunday Trust, has more than doubled in size following an extensive redevelopment at its Glenfada Park location.

The museum now boasts a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights and early Troubles era in the city.

This includes archive audio and visual material and artefacts from seminal events such as the Battle of the Bogside, Operation Motorman and Bloody Sunday.

The new space also has enhanced visitor, education and research facilities, including a new archive area.

Museum manager Adrian Kerr says: “The response to the museum has been phenomenal so far, with more than 1,000 local and international visitors coming through the doors in our first week. We’re amazed and thrilled at how well the new building and its enhanced exhibition has been received.

“The new museum is a much more stimulating and rewarding experience for all visitors, which, in turn, now allows us to do a lot more work in educating people about this pivotal period in our recent history.”

The Museum of Free Derry is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 4.30pm.