Free Derry and Siege shared school visits

Launching their new NI Schools Outreach Programme are Julieann Campbell, Heritage & Programmes Coordinator with Museum of Free Derry, and Keith Beattie, Manager of The Siege Museum. (pic by BST)
Launching their new NI Schools Outreach Programme are Julieann Campbell, Heritage & Programmes Coordinator with Museum of Free Derry, and Keith Beattie, Manager of The Siege Museum. (pic by BST)

The Museum of Free Derry and The Siege Museum have developed a pioneering new project which will see them jointly hosting shared school visits.

In a first for Derry, the two museums are opening their doors to post-primary pupils from across the north, offering combined visits and a chance to learn about the city’s unique history.

Funded by The Executive Office, the new NI Schools’ Outreach Programme is offering free admission for the first 1,500 pupils who book before the end of March.

Julieann Campbell, Heritage and Programmes Coordinator at Museum of Free Derry, which initiated the project, said: “This is a very exciting time in the history of both museums and we look forward to working together to welcome younger visitors in to learn more about our past and how it reflects on our future together.

“As an educational resource, we know that these shared visits will enlighten young people, stimulate discussion and foster a greater understanding of the different traditions here.”

Keith Beattie, Visitor Centre & Museum Manager, The Siege Museum, said: “We see this innovative education programme as a valuable opportunity to promote our city and provide pupils from across Northern Ireland with a unique experience, unlike anything they’ll receive in a classroom.”

A major multi-million pounds redevelopment of the Museum of Free Derry is underway. It is temporarily located at 39 Shipquay Street, with plans to return to Glenfada Park in January 2017.

For further information on the Outreach Programme, contact 028 71 360880 or go online at visits@museumoffreederry.org