The museum has an education programme for everyone.
Museum staff provide lessons on the following topics that utilise artefacts from the handling collection and are based on the Newry and Mourne area:
- Stone Age Man
- Sixteenth Century Newry (based around Bagenal’s Castle)
- The Famine
- The Newry Canal
- Life in Victorian Times
- The Second World War
There is a cost for lessons and they can be booked by contacting
Reminiscence activity, both general and specialised, is of proven value for individuals, families, groups and communities.
In 2007 Newry and Mourne Museum took part in the “Valuing Heritage by Valuing Memories” project in partnership with the Reminiscence Network Northern Ireland, along with Craigavon, Derry, and Omagh (at the Ulster American Folk Park) museums. The aim of the project was to support and expand reminiscence activity in the communities served by these museums.
Although the project finished in 2010 it was a great success. It allowed the Museum to engage with new and diverse audiences, and facilitated the training of museum staff to ensure that a skilled reminiscence activity continues at the Museum.
The project also established the Loan Box service at Bagenal’s Castle and has now become a very popular service for Newry and Mourne Museum.
The Home Life Reminiscence Loan Box. The boxes contain multi-sensory triggers which can be a stimulus to memory. Handling ordinary everyday objects such as bars of soap, items of clothing or jewellery can prompt discussions and spark reminiscence.
To date these have been used by health care workers, historical societies, community groups and schools.
They can be borrowed free of charge from the Museum and be kept for up to two weeks. Themes include:
- School Life
- Home Life
- Earning a Crust
- 1940's & 50's
- Time off & Leisure
- Rural Life
Museum staff can give brief instructions on their use and the boxes can be booked by calling 028 3031 3178.