#MaritimeMuseum - A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council has confirmed to Afloat that plans for creation of a Maritime Museum and Archive Centre is currently at the development stage.
The project is being taken forward by Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with Heritage Lottery Fund, Tourism NI and the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers.
Once the new Maritime Museum and Archive Centre is up and running it will celebrate the city, region and Lough Foyle’s unique maritime importance over the centuries with details and exhibitions on the Foyle’s role as a vital naval base during and after the Second World War to be a pivotal feature.
Current proposals situate the museum and archive centre at the recently transformed Ebrington Square in the Waterside area of the city, in Buildings no 45, 46 and 49. The Ebrington Site was launched on 14th February 2012, features a 19th century star fort and is connected to the historic walled city by the iconic Peace Bridge.
As the city has a rich maritime heritage, there is a wealth of resources available for the planned exhibitions with an extensive archive to inspire and explore those visiting the centre. Plans for the centre include the installation of exhibition galleries, archival reading rooms, dedicated learning spaces as well as a café, shop and other visitor facilities.
Derry City and Strabane District Council is unique in Northern Ireland, in that it holds the largest and most significant public archive outside of the Public Record Office NI. Council’s Archive and Genealogy Service holds a combined resource of over 400 years of archives alongside over one million family history records.
A Reserved Matters application for the Maritime Museum was submitted to the Department of Infrastructure Ref: LA11/2016/0937/RM in November 2016. The Council is currently processing the Listed Building Consent application for the development Ref LA11/2016/1035/LBC, submitted in December 2016.
Both the applications are currently under consideration.