Belfast Telegraph

Derry museum relocates for renovation work

By Brendan McDaid

The Harbour Museum in Londonderry has closed to the public with exhibition collections now being packed away to facilitate extensive internal works.

The building is expected to re-open in early 2013 on completion of renovations of the museum and Guildhall. Interim service arrangements have now been put in place to ensure minimal disruption.

Museum services, which have been housed within the Harbour Museum since 1995, will now relocate to the Foyle Valley Railway Museum on the Foyle Road.

The Harbour Museum display included objects focusing on the maritime history of the city, including architectural drawings of the Harbour port area and photographs documenting development works.

Important objects include the figure head from the Minnihaha, which is very well known locally and nationally, having been one of the objects selected by the British Museum for the ‘History of the World in 100 objects’ project.

The John Noah Gosset art collection is also housed in the Harbour Museum.

Roisin Doherty, head of Derry City Council’s Museum Services, said: “This is a very hectic but also very exciting time for Museums Services. The Harbour has been a lovely home but staff are excited about new developments and projects.”

For details on interim service arrangements for Museum Services, including arrangements for accessing archive and genealogy services, telephone 028 71 377 331 or please visit www.derrycity.gov.uk/museums.

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