Bed and Breakfast, Derry – The Harbour Museum

 

The Harbour Museum

History

The former Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioner’s Office, built in 1882, was officially opened on 18 May 1995 as the Harbour Museum, situated beside the Guildhall, the building operates as the headquarters of the Heritage and Museum Service of Derry City Council.

Structure

Respecting the Victorian architecture and décor of the building the Harbour Museum has been designed as a ‘glass case’ museum. An eclectic collection of objects is on display showing the city’s maritime connections from architectural drawings, early maps and plans of the city to archaeological finds. The centrepiece of the Museum is the 30 ft ‘Iona Curragh’, used in 1963 by a group of clerics to replicate the journey undertaken by St. Colmcille to Iona in 563 AD.  the building has been largely preserved with its original fittings and furnishings including chandeliers and a bespoke Killybegs carpet. The museum is heavily themed around the maritime heritage of the building and organised largely around traditional glass cased displays, in keeping with the character of this environment.

Function

The museum gives an insight into the impact the River Foyle has had on the city. A traditional museum, with emphasis on the city’s maritime and riverine connections. Displays also include miscellaneous artefacts which help stimulate a Victorian atmosphere. Temporary exhibitions are regularly displayed.  

The purpose of the museum is to promote a greater knowledge of the culture and history of Derry. The museum will provide an understanding of the diverse cultures that existed with the area, this is achieved by the collection, preservation and recording of vast amounts of evidence and continuous research that is made available to the public.

To further complement Derry’s archive the Harbour Museum now includes the Derry Genealogy service , the purpose of this service is to assist others to research the family history. This is important to many people and has an important tourism role that helps people from all cultures locate their family cultures. There are consultations to help with the location of family trees.

Directions

The building, located directly beside the Guildhall and facing onto the River Foyle, is the former office of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. This is in the heart of the city centre and a walking distance from the local Derry Bed & Breakfast.

Opening times:

The museum is open widely to the public all through the years.

Monday to Friday: 10am to 4:30pm

Contact

Telephone: 02871377331

Email: museums@derrycity.gov.uk

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