Heritage Open Day – in Newry City Library

July 22, 2013

Newry City Library will host a Heritage Open Day on Friday 2nd August 2013 from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

During this open day event, Libraries NI invites you to explore the history of your local area.

Staff from the Heritage team will be on hand to highlight the reference material available, including resources on Irish history and local studies. Also of interest are the Crossle papers and a small collection of 18th and 19th century books and pamphlets, printed in Newry.

The Crossle Papers comprise background and genealogical information on families in the Newry area from 1900 – 1930. Francis Crossle and later his son Philip Crossle, compiled the information from old newspapers in scrapbooks and notebooks and it was often supplemented by correspondence with members of the various families detailed within. The notebooks contain valuable information on prominent families as well as social and local history – with details such as addresses, family members and occupation information.

Some of the material is of great interest because it was compiled from material in the Four Courts, Dublin before it was destroyed. The work in the Crossle Papers was carried on and added to by T.G.F. Paterson (associated with Armagh County Museum) and some Crossle material may also be found at Armagh County Museum and Queen’s University, Belfast.

The Heritage collection also includes a small collection of 18th and 19th century books and pamphlets, printed and published in Newry, which reside in the Heritage Collection of Newry City Library. The content matter of these items is varied and does not necessarily relate to Newry. Examples include: ‘Odes and Elegies: Descriptive and Sentimental, with The Patriot, a poem by John Curry’, ‘The Gentle Shepherd: A Scots Pastoral Comedy’ by Allan Ramsay and ‘Miscellaneous Poetry’ by A Lady.

Callers will also have the opportunity to learn about useful local history resources, including Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry Library Edition enables you to search UK and US census collections, immigration records, shipping lists, military records, photographs and maps and it has access to over 4,000 databases and collections.

Ancestry Library Edition and other online history resources are available free to library members at any public library in Northern Ireland.

Admission is free and an open invitation has been extended to all budding family historians and anyone searching for their ancestors to come along any time from 10.00am – 4.00pm, to avail of free advice and guidance from experts and experienced researchers.

For more information, contact Newry City Library (79 Hill Street, BT34 1DG), on telephone number 028 3026 4683 or email

For details of all events in libraries, go to the Libraries NI website