#MakingHistory 1918 Exhibition

24 July 2018 | Bethany Reynard

A new #MakingHistory 1918 Exhibition will open to the public at the Tower Museum on Friday 27th July, exploring some of the key events taking place across Ireland during the 1918 period.

A new #MakingHistory 1918 Exhibition will open to the public at the Tower Museum on Friday 27th July, exploring some of the key events taking place across Ireland during the 1918 period.

1918 was a year of civic action, the end of war in Europe, women voting for the first time and a groundbreaking election result in Ireland.

The new exhibition includes five zones covering themes such as the suffrage movement and women’s fight for equality, the conscription crisis, the end of the First World War, health and well-being, developments in technology including film and flight and the emergence of a new society in post-war Ireland. Each zone features a mix of unique archive content from leading heritage organisations including the Tower Museum, National Library of Ireland, Imperial War Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

Never before seen images of the Dorsetshire Regiment’s time in the city at the outset of the War of Independence will go on display for the first time as well as illustrations from the First World War diaries of Jim Maultsaid, who served with the Chinese Labour Corps. Images of servicemen with the U.S. Naval Air Station in Lough Foyle during 1918 will also be showcased in an exhibition for the first time.

Archive AV content will be brought to life through film, animation and augmented reality, free graphic novels featuring key characters in the exhibition will be available to visitors and a news feed and tweets will reveal stories from the time.

Entry to the temporary exhibition is free. Visit www.derrystrabane.com/towermuseum for more information.