In Autumn 2018, the award-winning Museum of Free Derry hosted a packed programme of events as part of our series, 50 Days of Revolution, 50 Years on, marking half a century since some of the most important events of the civil rights campaign.

As part of the 50 Years programme, the museum hosted an In Conversation event with local civil rights veteran Eamon Melaugh on Wednesday 3 October at 7pm, entitled, ‘Civil Rights – A Community Story'.

Programme of Events - 50 Days of Revolution, 50 Years On

Our superb '50 Days of Revolution, 50 Years On' launch event on Thursday 27 September was a fascinating talk on the early movement by Michael McLoughlin. Back in 1968, Michael was labelled Protestor #1 in government letters banning the north’s first civil rights march from Coalisland to Dungannon. His was a story worth hearing. 

Among the other events in our '50 Days' calendar, celebrating 50 years since the civil rights movement emerged, were:

Monday 1 October 2018 @ 1pm

Launch of the ‘Peter Moloney Collection’

Venue: Derry Central Library. Admission free.

 

Wednesday 3 October 2018 @ 7pm

In Conversation with Eamon Melaugh – ‘Civil Rights – A Community Story’

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Admission free.

 

Friday 5 October 2018 @ 1pm

Exhibition Launch – 50 Days of Revolution, 50 Years On

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Admission free.

 

Friday 5 October 2018 @ 5.30pm – 7pm

Songs of Protest and Resistance – Featuring Declan McLaughlin and Reevah

Venue: The Scullery, Waterloo Street. Admission free.

 

Friday 5 October 2018 @ 8pm

Theatre: Ireland’s Call, starring John Connors

Venue: Studio 2, Foyle Business Park. Ticket only, all proceeds to House in the Wells.

 

Saturday 6 October 2018 @ 7.30pm

In Conversation with Damien Dempsey

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Ticket only, all proceeds to House in the Wells.

 

Sunday 7 October 2018 @ 2.30pm

Words of Protest and Resistance, with Dave Duggan, Julieann Campbell, Tony Doherty, Seamus Keenan.

Venue: The Scullery, Waterloo Street. Admission free.

 

Sunday 14 October 2018 @ 2.30pm

Selected Readings – featuring Abbey Oliviera, Margie Bernard, Ronan Carr, Anne Crilly and Kathleen Hutton.

Venue: The Scullery, Waterloo Street. Admission free. 

 

Tuesday 16 October 2018 @ 7.30pm

Panel Discussion: Justice for the 48 – The Stardust Tragedy

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Admission free.

 

Friday 19 October 2018 @ 7.30pm

Film Screening: Mother Ireland (1988)

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Admission free.

 

Thursday 25 October 2018 @ 7pm

Personal Artefacts #2 – NICRA Civil Rights Poster

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Admission free.

 

Friday 2 November 2018 @ 1pm

Panel Discussion: Civil Rights – The Fountain Perspective

Venue: TBC

 

Thursday 8 November 2018 @ 7pm

Panel Discussion - Women in Civil Rights & Beyond

Venue: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park. Admission free.

 

Thursday 22 November 2018

Speeches, Strikes & Struggles

Venue: Various. Admission free. Register by emailing: tower@derrystrabane.com

 

12pm – 1pm – Lunch & Networking Event, Derry Central Library

1pm – 2.30pm – Panel 1: Women’s Lives and the Troubles, Derry Central Library

3pm – 3.30pm – Coffee Break at Nerve Visual Building, Ebrington

3.30pm – 5pm – Panel 2: Conflict Art, Nerve Visual Building, Ebrington

Dinner Break

7pm - 8.30pm – Panel 3: The End of the Corporation and the significance of the 1968 Reforms, Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park.