Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Valerie Harte, officially opened the exhibition on Thursday 28 September, which tells the story of one Newry’s most iconic businesses.

The display, called ‘Slices of History: Memories of McCann’s Bakery’, looks at the Bakery’s long history going back to its establishment in 1837. On display are a wide range of items such as a breadman’s jacket, recipes, brochures, and bread making equipment, all of which will bring back fond memories.

It highlights how the company was a part of the fabric of Newry and Mourne society, providing a much-needed service in the community, especially at a time before cars and buses were commonplace. The company also provided employment for many in the area, especially in difficult periods.

Accompanying the exhibition is a booklet of edited transcriptions from conversations that were recorded by Newry and Mourne Museum during reminiscence evenings with the former employees of McCann’s Bakery including the manager, office workers, mechanics and of course, bakers and breadmen. The booklet focuses on their memories of what life was like in the bakery.

Opening the exhibition, Chairperson, Councillor Valerie Harte thanked all who helped in its development. She said, “This booklet acts as a record for future generations documenting the important contribution the bakery and its employees made to the economic and social history of the area. Everyone who contributed memories can be proud to have been a part of that history.”

Dr Ken Abraham, Curator, at Newry and Mourne Museum, said, “The Museum has a special connection with McCann’s, as we occupy the building that housed the bakery for many generations. We have built up good relationships with many who have worked here, and we are proud to tell their story.”

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge until August 2024.