Commendation for Derry’s Guildhall

Guildhall Square, Derry.
Guildhall Square, Derry.

Derry’s Guildhall has scooped a commendation at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

The refurbished Derry building was nominated in the Visitor and Interpretation Centre’s category of the Association for Heritage Interpretation’s Discover Heritage Awards.

The awards ceremony was held in London at the weekend.

The annual awards are for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation projects and initiatives across Britain and Ireland.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion says she is delighted the Guildhall has been recognised at the awards.

The Mayor also extended her congratulations to everyone involved in the project.

Colr. McCallion said: “It is fantastic that Derry’s Guildhall has received a commendation in these highly prestigious awards.

“It is a very deserving accolade for everyone involved in the project that demonstrates the work that went into the design and interpretation of the building.

“The AHI Discover Heritage Awards are the only UK and Irish awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation whether held in museums, historic buildings, visitor centres or any type of outdoor location.”

The Mayor added: “It is great news for the Council that the Guildhall has been included as one of the many exciting heritage centres for visitors and communities to visit and enjoy.”

The Guildhall opened in 2013 after a major multi-million pound refurbishment programme of the interior and exterior of the building by expert crafstmen and construction firms.

Full details about the awards can be found at http://www.ahi.org.uk/www/awards/categories.