New drive to help local people explore the past

Local amateur historians will have the opportunity to find out more about their roots as part of a special campaign to encourage people to access their local archives.

The ‘Explore Your Archives’ campaign will take place from November 10-16 with special drop-in sessions led by Derry City Council’s Archive & Genealogy service taking place at the Tower Museum from Thursday to Saturday, November 13 -15, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson ssays anyone with an interest in local history should take the opportunity to find out more about the archives.

“As we all know, Derry has a captivating history and this campaign presents the opportunity to explore family histories and documents detailing the city’s most significant events,” she said.

“The archives available date right back over 300 years offering come fascinating insights into the city’s colourful past.

“I would really encourage people to avail of this opportunity to learn more about how to access the archives.”

Staff will be available from 10 am-12noon and 2 p.m-4 pm to answer any queries and to also profile some of the archive collections that are available for the public.

Derry City Council Archivist Bernadette Walsh said: “We are delighted to take this opportunity to showcase the archive collections.

“The Archivist and Genealogist will be on hand to advise and assist visitors on how to access the collections and a small selection of archives will be on display.

“This is an opportunity to learn more about what collections we have, how to access the documents, how to research your family history and to ask those burning questions about the past! You’ll be amazed at what you might uncover!”

This significant collection documents more than 300 years of the city’s history and includes items as diverse as one of the city’s charters, to items relating to the shirt factories, the railways, conflict, maritime history and a range of artworks.

The genealogy database includes more than one million essential records when tracing your ancestors.