First World War Conference at Newry and Mourne Museum

June 2, 2014

On June 7th, Newry and Mourne Museum, in partnership with Down County Museum, will host a conference providing an insight into the War’s impact on County Down during the years during 1914 – 1918.

The period 1914 – 1918 was a pivotal one in Irish history, as the path of Irish politics was dramatically altered by the outbreak of the First World War.

The conference will look at various programmes and exhibitions running in both Museums that explore diverse aspects of the First World War in this region.

There will be a lecture titled ‘Researching the Impact of the First World War on Newry and Mourne’, which will review of the Museum’s Heritage Lottery funded project.

The talk on ‘Newry’s Roll of Honour’ will provide an insight into the genesis of its production and presentation, as well as examining the potential of the information it provides as a starting point for genealogical research.

The Museum Curator and Assistant Curator will take participants on a guided tour of Newry and Mourne Museum’s new temporary exhibition ‘Local Impacts of the First World War’

Guest speakers from Down County Museum will outline details of their new exhibition ‘The People’s Story: Commemorating World War I in County Down’ which looks at County Down in the lead up to World War I and then how the county was affected by the course of the war.

The talk ‘Transformations: Politics and Protest in County Down 1900-1920s’ will focus on the on-line learning resource for Key Stage 3 pupils has been developed during the course of the museum’s PEACE III funded community history project.

Finally there will be an open forum for participants to discuss what sort of Museum service you would wish to see in light of the fact that in 2015 Newry and Mourne District will merge with Down District to form a new council.

This event is open to the public free of charge, but places are limited. For more information or you wish to book please telephone 028 3031 3182 / 3178 or email

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