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  • Black and white modern drawing of the Gates to the New Gaol in Downpatrick. The gatehouse is imposing, constructed from granite and sandstone, with a central block showing 3 arches in the middle which are flanked by two wings with framed windows. The artists sketch shows two figures in front of the central gate under the biggest archway, and the top of the arch is approximately three times the height of an adult.
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    The New Gaol of Downpatrick

    In the latest blog in our series about the Gaol, Down County Museum looks at the New Gaol, and describes how it was meant to improve on conditions experienced in the Old Gaol.

  • Three smiling women face the camera, with a shoe-making machine in the centre of the picture. Clearly visible is one of the rotary brushes used to polish the shoe leather, and resting on top of the machine is one of a pair of black leather heeled women's shoes.
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    Down County Museum reflects on Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

    This month’s blog comes from a special contributor, Shirley Lennon, who worked on a Down County Museum project which brought together the stories of Jewish refugees who came to Millisle farm.

    As the UK marks Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th 2024, please read the blog to discover how an otherwise ordinary item donated to Down County Museum becomes so significant because of its links to survivors of the Holocaust.

  • Image of the Good Friday Agreement document
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    25 years on: Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement

    Down County Museum are pleased to welcome Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick and Mark Devenport in conversation to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Join us as they reflect on their experiences of the Northern Ireland peace process and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

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