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Down County Museum Celebrates 30 Years

05 May 2011

Down County Museum Celebrates 30 Years Down County Museum is celebrating 30 years in existence this year. The museum was established by Down District Council in 1981 to collect, conserve and interpret objects relating to the history and culture of the County.
Since 1981 the museum has built up a collection of over 10,000 objects and 40,000 photographs which richly illustrate the unique heritage of Down. To mark this historic year the museum is running a series of events and exhibitions which focus on the wealth of information contained in this collection of domestic, agricultural and industrial items.

On 14 May the museum will host a day dedicated to finding out more about its fascinating resources. During the event visitors can come find out more about key items in the collection, see many items usually held in storage, hear about how the museum restored the previously derelict buildings of the eighteenth century gaol of Down and have fun with our trails, quizzes and competitions. The event runs from 1 to 5pm with a grand birthday cake cutting at 4pm!

On the evening of the 14 May the museum is holding a very special night for all fans of 1980s music! Local band Rosetta Stone are re-forming to play for one night only at the old gaol! This very special gig will bring back lots of memories for local people who enjoyed the band first time around and promises to be a great night out.

Over the next few weeks preparations for a new exhibition highlighting 30 years of collecting the history of County Down will get underway. The exhibition, 30 x 30: Celebrating the Museum’s Collections will open in July. The displays will feature highlights of the collection chosen by a range of local people who will be working with museum staff to select their favourite or most memorable items. Among those choosing objects will be pupils from local schools who will be making their selections after Easter.

All in all, the museum’s thirtieth anniversary promises to be a year to remember and provides local people and visitors with a great opportunity to join in a unique birthday party.

Further Details: Down County Museum, the Mall, Downpatrick, Co Down, BT30 6AH. Tel: 028-44615218

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