Talks and Tours in Derry

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One of the key figures in the restoration of the Derry Diocesan library is to give local history buffs and tourists a unique tour of the city

Mary Delargy, the University of Ulster’s Outreach Co-ordinator with the Derry and Raphoe Library Conservation Project - aiming to restore more than 5500 books and documents from the Church of Ireland Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Collection - will host the tour on August 3.

Organised by the University of Ulster, the Derry tour forms part of a planned series of Talks and Tours across the north.

A University spokeswoman says the Derry talk and tour will explore “the city’s past as it moves into the future as the City of Culture 2013.

“In Old Meets New in The Maiden City there will be visits to the ancient St Augustine’s Church of Ireland, the historic walls, the Verbal Arts Centre which is stepped in its own cultural heritage and the state-of-the art multimedia Nerve Centre.”

The expert led ‘Talks and Tours’ series offers unique access to unusual places around Northern Ireland which participants might not otherwise get the chance to see.

Among the other locations included on the series are the Western Bann Valley, the Moravian village of Gracehill and the Cistercian Abbey at Portglenone.

More information is available online at www.culture.ulster.ac.uk or via telephone 7012 4449