Bold revamp for Tower Museum

Museum Staff, Laura and Terrence, put together one of the displays in the new Discovery Zone at the Tower Museum. (1204SL01) Photo: Hannah Martin.
Museum Staff, Laura and Terrence, put together one of the displays in the new Discovery Zone at the Tower Museum. (1204SL01) Photo: Hannah Martin.

Derry’s historic Tower Museum has undergone a major revamp thanks to Ilex funding of almost £160,000 - and to celebrate it has announced a special day of FREE family fun events tomorrow, April 13, for the city to enjoy.

The significant upgrade in museum facilities, including the creation of a new Discovery Zone, came about following £157,750 funding from Ilex through the Department for Social Development’s UK City of Culture Capital Infrastructure Fund. Tomorrow, admission will be free as will a host of super family entertainment, including face painting.

The works include the installation of a new reception area at the Craft Village entrance to the Museum and a new shop front for the education room. The main reception area of the Museum has also received a facelift with the replacement of fixtures and fittings while the cinema and auditorium area have a new heating system. Work was carried out within the Story of Derry exhibition too, bringing it bang up to date. A key element of the works was the creation of the new Discovery Zone on level one of the Museum - an exciting new space using a range of interactive elements to encourage visitors to explore our rich heritage in a fun and engaging way. It covers themes such as Archaeology, Early People and Colmcille.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said he was pleased that the Department provided financial support for the project. Mayor, Colr Kevin Campbell, said Derry City Council’s Heritage and Museum Service was delighted with the investment.

“The Tower Museum is an award winning museum and a key part of our city’s tourism offering so we are delighted that this significant investment of over £150,000 has been injected into this important asset that tells our city’s unique history to future generations,” he said.

Ilex’s Cultural Broker Caoimhin Corrigan hopes this investment in the city’s flagship museum will improve accessibility for customers and enable more interactive exhibitions thanks to state-of-the-art digital equipment.

“This will provide a unique starting point for visitors to learn about the city’s development and heritage during our current cultural celebrations and in years to come,” Mr Corrigan added.