Living historians to bring 18th century Derry to life

Daphne Gallick from St. Columb's Cathedral and Dr Marie Claire Peters from the Hollywell Trust examining a rare silver Raphoe Volunteers Badge from 1778 which will be on show this Sunday afternoon as a part of a living history event at the Cathedral to mark the start of National Heritage Week. Pic by Martin McKeown Inpresspics
Daphne Gallick from St. Columb's Cathedral and Dr Marie Claire Peters from the Hollywell Trust examining a rare silver Raphoe Volunteers Badge from 1778 which will be on show this Sunday afternoon as a part of a living history event at the Cathedral to mark the start of National Heritage Week. Pic by Martin McKeown Inpresspics
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Smoke and scandal will descend on Derry this weekend when one of the most intriguing periods of history is brought back to life.

Organised by the Holywell Trust’s City Walls Heritage Project and hosted by St Columb’s Cathedral, living history performers will recreate the period in the 1770s when Irish Volunteer Companies - local militias seen as precursor to the United Irishmen - were being formed with the encouragement of Bishop Hervey and the Rev Robert Black, the Dissenting Minister.

Mark Lusby, Project Coordinator, City Walls Heritage Project, explained: “This is the first event in our autumn programme which will look at the legacy of the the transformational period at the end of the 18th Century when the influence of the American and French revolution were being felt in Derry.”

Demonstrations of the firing of a cannon will take place on the hour from 2pm until 4pm and people can interact with the characters to discuss their weapons, their fashion and the political issues of the day.

You can get more info online at www.Walls400.com