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Newpoint Players in costume for their production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Newry Drama Festival celebrates Milestone

Newry Drama Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and Joanne Cummins, Collections Officer at Newry and Mourne Museum, briefly charts the Festival’s development over the decades.

  • A pen and ink drawing of the gatehouse of Down County Museum, showing the Georgian entrance of central gate and symmetrical side doors with semi-circular arches, with three bricked-over rectangular window openings on the second storey.

    The 'old' Gaol in Downpatrick

    Over the coming months, Down County Museum will be sharing an in-depth look at the history of our home, the ‘old’ Gaol of Down.  In this series, we'll explore topics such as the Gaol’s prisoners, their punishments, and the site’s various uses through time.

    Our first in the series reveals the Gaol's beginnings, and explains why it had to be closed.

  • Newry Town Hall in the 1900s

    Newry Town Hall

    Newry Town Hall has been at the centre of the cultural life of Newry and its hinterland for nearly 130 years. Joanne Cummins, Collections Officer at Newry and Mourne Museum,  references some of the local amateur societies and artistes seen there over the decades.

  • image of an oil painting portrait of Francis Hutcheson, a middle-aged white man who is dressed in 18th Century clothing. His clothing is  dark with a frilled white shirt collar visible beneath. He also wears a long curled grey wig over his natural hair.

    Francis Hutcheson, influential County Down philosopher

    Down County Museum Assistant, Michael Arlow, charts the legacy of Francis Hutcheson, a County Down man who deserves to be better known. Well known in his day, his writing and teaching influenced key figures in the Scottish Enlightenment, in economics, in philosophy, and in Irish and American politics.

  • Section of manuscript letter written in 1798.

    The Battle of Saintfield, 9 June 1798

    Today marks the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Saintfield. Down County Museum's Curator, Alan Freeburn, draws out vivid details of the battle from a survivor's account.

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