Downpatrick has been the administrative centre for the county of Down for hundreds of years. It has also been a market town for the farmers and traders of Lecale.
Photographs of shops and businesses in the town are the highlight of this exhibition. They are taken from the museum’s archive of about 40,000 images – many new ones were lent for copying by local people during preparation of our two books on this subject. Objects include a jacket worn by Larry Downey who drove the Royal mail cart between Rathfriland and Newry in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, tools used by local carpenters and items sold in local shops.
Exhibition commences from 25th May 2012 and concludes on 4th November 2012.