About the Cross Border Archive Project

Newry & Mourne Museum | Louth County Archives Service

Newry & Mourne Museum

Sometimes we can't see something, until we see it. Such was the case with Bagenal's Castle, now home to Newry & Mourne Museum. For hundred of years this stunning 16th century castle stood unseen in the very centre of Newry, hidden beneath layers of later architectural accretions. Now being restored to its former splendour, the castle houses Newry and Mourne Museum, opened in 1986. The aim of the museum is to provide a dynamic and inclusive recreational and educational resource that reflects the rich cultural heritage of the local area.

Our Collections

The museum's diverse collections currently include material relating to:

  • prehistoric history
  • Newry's Cistercian foundations
  • Ulster's Gaelic Order and relationship with the English Crown
  • the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles
  • the working life and folk traditions of rural and mountain areas
  • fishing, trade and migration by sea
  • renowned local personalities and businesses
  • folklore, storytelling and music
  • modern experiences of a Border area

All these aspects of local heritage are explored at through a varied programme of exhibitions, educational events and activities.

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Louth County Archives Service

Louth County Archives Service was founded in 2000 as a result of the passing of the Local Government Act, 1994. The role of the Service, as expressed in our Mission Statement, is to undertake:

"The identification, preservation and availability of the valuable public and private archives of County Louth".

The Service provides a repository for the public and private archives of County Louth. This means it holds and seeks the acquisition of archives of Louth Local Authorities and their predecessor bodies. As time and resources permit, private collections, such as those of literary figures and businesses are also acquired.

Our Archives

Archives are primary source records of long-term value. They include:

  • paper documents, files, ledgers, bound volumes,
  • maps, plans, drawings,
  • photographs, negatives, film and sound recordings,
  • magnetic tapes or discs, microfilm and other micrographics or machine-readable records.

Archives contain evidence of establishment, policies, structure, and actions. The surviving archives are of a remarkably high quality, such as those of Ardee Town Commissioners dating back to 1677.

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This project is part financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership.

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