The Tower Museum hosts two major historical exhibitions - the Story of Derry and an Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera. The Story of Derry charts the development of the city from its early geological beginnings to the present day, using a range of display techniques such as audio-visuals and interactives. The Armada exhibition tells the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet, which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and was discovered by the City of Derry Sub-Aqua club in 1971. The exhibition features many of the artefacts recovered from the sunken ship on loan from the Ulster Museum. The Tower Museum offers an unrivalled visitor experience with two contrasting and complimentary exhibitions and is a unique and innovative resource for schools, locals, families and national and international visitors.
|Address:||Union Hall Place Derry|
|Location:||Derry City Centre, adjacent to Guildhall|
|Open Times:||Sept-May: Tue-Sat: 10.00-16.30|
|Tours:||Prior booking required for guided tours. Max No: 25, Duration: 1.5 hours. Audio guides are available|
|Average Visit Length:||1.5 hours|
|Entrance Fees:||Adult Stg£4.00 /OAP/Student/Child Stg£2.50 / Family Stg£9.00 (2A+3C)|
|Audio Visual:||Seating: 50, Duration: 20 minutes. Languages: English|
|Exhibition:||Two major international exhibitions that present the history of the city from fo|
|Restaurant:||No, but Museum is adjacent to many city restaurants|
|Group Booking Necessary:||Yes|
The Education department at the Tower Museum offers a range of learning experiences for everyone, whatever your age or level of interest. Activity trails, discussion trails, object handling sessions, interactive workshops and CD Rom workshops relating to the exhibitions at the Tower Museum and the Workhouse Museum are available upon booking
We have a range of activity trails for young people to use while visiting ‘An Armada Shipwreck- La Trinidad Valencera’ exhibition at the Tower Museum and both the ‘Atlantic Memorial’ exhibition and ‘The Workhouse’ exhibition at the Workhouse Museum. These trails help young people to engage actively with the exhibitions. Activity trails are available for under 7s, over 7s, Key Stage 2 pupils and Key Stage 3 pupils
The Object Handling workshop encourages students of all abilities and backgrounds to use their senses and develop observational questioning and problem solving skills. Recognisable and unrecognisable items from ‘An Armada Shipwreck- La Trinidad Valencera’ exhibition are handled and discussed with students. The activity brings this area of history to life in a fun and interesting way. The session concludes with an explanation of each object drawing from the observational experiences of the pupils
Booking Contact: museums(at)derrycity.gov.uk
An Armada Shipwreck
An Armada shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera narrates the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet. In 1588 it foundered in Kinnagoe Bay in Co. Donegal during a violent storm and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The exhibition tells the story of the people involved, the soldiers and sailors aboard the Trinidad Valencera and the divers and archaeologists who discovered and excavated the ship
An array of exciting artefacts on loan from the Ulster Museum, recovered from the ship includes cannons, textiles, pottery, wooden bowls, pewter dishes, goblets, coins and shoes along with many other items. Innovative exhibition design and layout encourage a sense of exploration and discovery while audio-visual and interactive displays offer a wealth of information for student, visitor and tourist alike. Audio guides of the exhibition are available in a choice of six languages. There’s also a Discussion Trail, aimed primarily at schoolchildren, which encourages those visiting the exhibition to use lessons from the history of the Elizabethan era to look at conflict resolution in today’s society
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