Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced funding of £500,000 for the Museum of Free Derry project.
The Minister made the
announcement during a visit to the construction site, which is located at
Glenfada Park in the city’s Bogside.
commenced during the summer of 2015 and the DCAL funding complements additional
funding to the £2.4 m project which has been previously announced.
announcement the Minister said: “The Museum of Free Derry is a unique
project which will tell the story of the recent history of Derry. It is
situated right at the heart of where the traumatic events of Bloody Sunday took
place and will vividly portray the impact, trauma and division of ‘the
troubles’ directly, through education and the exploration of the root causes of
“As the first museum
to deal directly with ‘the troubles,’ it will also play a significant role in
the ongoing debate around how events of the conflict should be suitably
remembered and recorded. I have no doubt that it will contribute immensely to
the tourism and economy of the city and the wider north-west. I commend the
Bloody Sunday Trust and the co-funders of the project for their support for
what is an integral part of our shared future.”
The project is due
for completion in June 2016.
While in the city the
Minister also visited the site of the Daisyfield Playing fields which are being
re-developed as part of a major investment led by Derry and Strabane District
Speaking at the site
the Minister said: “This is an exciting development which will transform
this part of the city. I am keen to support this development and I have agreed
that my Department should work with the Council on the refurbishment of the
existing full size soccer pitch and to replace the existing three-quarter size
grass pitch with a new three-quarter size 3G pitch.”
Notes to editors
The Museum of Free
Derry Project is being financed through a cocktail of funders, the largest of
which is the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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