The Welch Collection hailed ‘huge success’

Gerry Burns from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Councillor Dan Kelly, Vice Chairman of Strabane District Council, viewing the RJ Welch Exhibition at the award-winning Alley Gallery. (2707JC2)
Gerry Burns from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Councillor Dan Kelly, Vice Chairman of Strabane District Council, viewing the RJ Welch Exhibition at the award-winning Alley Gallery. (2707JC2)
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The Alley Gallery’s celebration of the works of Strabane native R.J Welch (1856 -1939) has been hailed a massive success by all involved.

Over the past two weeks Strabane District Council with generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been hosting the stunning exhibition.

RJ Welch, who was born in Main Street, Strabane, had a career spanning some 53 years and was one of the greatest photographers on this island.

His fields of interest included natural history, archaeology and topography, however it was his tenure as the official photographer to Harland & Wolff that have provided his most enduring images of the White Star Line: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic and the thousands who worked on them.

Last week Gerry Burns from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Vice Chairman of Strabane District Council, Dan Kelly, came together to view the impressive exhibition.

Adrian Beattie, Exhibition Curator, said the show was a “huge success” and in the first week attracted over 500 people.

“If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet I would urge you to come and have a look, the exhibition is on until next Friday, August 3. It will then tour venues in the North West in the coming autumn.”

Contact The Alley Theatre on: 71 384444 or visit: www.alley-theatre.com.