New-look Museum of Free Derry opens Monday

The Museum of Free Derry is set to open its new-look premises at Glenfada Park.
The Museum of Free Derry is set to open its new-look premises at Glenfada Park.

The acclaimed Museum of Free Derry opens the doors of its new-look exhibition space in the Bogside this Monday.

The new building at Glenfada Park, completed at a cost of around £2.4 million, will host a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights and early Troubles era in the city as well as much-needed and enhanced visitor, education and research facilities.

Manager Adrian Kerr says all those associated with the museum are thrilled at its imminent opening.

“It has been a long and hard road but the new building is worth the wait,” he said.

“It will allow us to do a lot more work in educating people about this very important era in our history and will make a visit to the museum a much more rewarding and stimulating experience for all visitors.”

“After two years in temporary premises, it will be fantastic to have the museum back where it is supposed to be, in the heart of the Bogside where so much of our story happened.”

The frontage of the museum features a specially commissioned artwork by Derry sculptor, Locky Morris. It’s called `We Shall Overcome’ and reflects the anthem sung by demonstrators during the civil rights era.