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Derry Library/Archive

At Free Derry Corner stands the white gable wall where Catholics defiantly painted the slogan "You are now entering Free Derry" as a declaration of a zone from which police and the British Army were banned until 1972, when the army broke down the barricades. That year, on January 30, 13 civil-rights marchers were shot and killed by British soldiers. Thirty-eight years later, the British government released its official report on the shootings, which resulted in a hugely significant official apology from Prime Minister David Cameron saying that he was "deeply sorry" for what happened on Bloody Sunday and that it "had been unjustified and unjustifiable." In 2015, the block of flats on the spot where Bloody Sunday happened was demolished, and a piece of Derry's recent history was removed. The £2.2-million, two-story museum built on the same site tells the complete story of that day and the many years of campaigning for an apology. Saved sections of the front face of the old building retain... READ MORE

At Free Derry Corner stands the white gable wall where Catholics defiantly painted the slogan "You are now entering Free Derry" as a declaration of a zone from which police and the British Army were banned until 1972, when the army broke down the barricades. That year, on January 30, 13 civil-rights marchers were shot and killed by British soldiers. Thirty-eight years later, the British government released its official report on the shootings, which resulted in a hugely significant official apology from Prime Minister David Cameron saying that he was "deeply sorry" for what happened on Bloody Sunday and that it "had been unjustified and unjustifiable." In 2015, the block of flats on the spot where Bloody Sunday happened was demolished, and a piece of Derry's recent history was removed. The £2.2-million, two-story museum built on the same site tells the complete story of that day and the many years of campaigning for an apology. Saved sections of the front face of the old building retain the bullet scars from that fateful day. Visitors will find a real-time recording of the event and a viewing room, as well as newspaper reports, photographs and posters about the "Battle of the Bogside." The National Civil Rights Archive is also held here and research facilities are available on the first floor. One-hour Free Derry Walking Tours (£5) leave from the museum at 10, noon, 2, and 4 each day in the summer months.

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55 Glenfada Park
Derry, BT48 9DR, Northern Ireland

028-7136–0880

www.museumoffreederry.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £4, Weekdays 9:30–4:30; also Apr.–Sept., Sat. 1–4; and July–Sept., Sun. 1–4

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