Have YOUR say on Derry’s new maritime museum


The Derry public are being given a say on an exciting new maritime museum planned for the city.

A pop-up museum has been provided at the LegenDerry Maritime Festival to engage with festival-goers.

Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Service staff are based in the Environment and Heritage tent in the Festival Village.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to fill in postcard questionnaires asking what they would like to see featured in the museum.

People are also being asked to suggest what the 2,200 square metre maritime museum on the Ebrington site should be called.

The postcard questionnaires will also be available in the Tower Museum at Union Hall Place in the city centre where you can also see a small temporary exhibition celebrating our maritime heritage.

Margaret Edwards, Education Officer with Derry City Council’s Museum Service, said the new museum would be a celebration of the city’s maritime heritage.

It is expected to be the only museum and archive of its kind in Ireland and will also be aimed at attracting international visitors. Ms Edwards said the new museum would focus on emigration from Derry Port, and the role played by the city during the Second World War when it was used as a naval base.

The maritime museum will be housed in vacant Buildings 45/46 and 49 on the former Ebrington barracks site and is scheduled for completion in 2018-2019. The Museum Service stand will be open daily from 10am-6pm during the LegenDerry Maritime Festival which is taking place from June 21~29. Exhibits include a bell from HMS Sea Eagle, a Second World War Royal Navy police uniform and a 15th Century log boat.

Festival-goers can also check out a mystery fishing-related object - maybe you can guess its age!

The LegenDerry Maritime Festival is organised by Derry City Council with funding support from NITB and Diageo and delivery support from Foyle Port, the Loughs Agency, Visit Derry and Ilex.