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Exhibition space to document shared history

Published: Thur, 1 Jun 2017
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(l to r) Lavern Mason, Housing Executive; Linda McKinney, Gasyard Development Trust; Brian O'Neill, Enterprise North West; & Sean Collins, Gasyard Development Trust
Drawings of a proposed new exhibition space have gone on display in Derry~Londonderry’s Gasyard Centre.
Members of the public can view the drawings, which were funded by the Housing Executive, until the end of July in the Gasyard at Lecky Road.
The Gasyard Trust is behind the proposals to build an extension to the current building which will mark the shared history of communities in Derry.
Linda McKinney, Gasyard Development Trust Manager, believes that the new exhibition centre will increase tourism in the area.
“The Gasyard Trust is involved in a range of cross community and Bogside based heritage and tourism projects.
"These have involved the development of literature and exhibitions on the ‘history of the Bogside’, a chronology of the peace process from the perspective of both communities and the history of Bishop Street/The Fountain interface area.
“At present these exhibitions are housed in the Gasyard but the space is not fit for purpose and prevents the Trust from promoting the installations to large groups of tourists.
“We are proposing that a purpose built exhibition space is added to the Gasyard Centre which attract more tourists and, also create more employment and training opportunities for local people.
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“In addition the inclusion of a space for exhibits about the unionist Fountain area will allow us to tell the story of the unionist community in the city and to host heritage events that will appeal to all sectors of the community.
“I would encourage local people to view the drawings and provide feedback to us.”
Our local Area Manager, Eddie Doherty, said:
“We believe this exhibition centre would be an important addition to the local community in terms of arts and culture but also to help explain and document our shared history.”