Museum of Free Derry will be housed in the recently renovated
flats at the southern end of Glenfada Park, in what were
Nos 55 – 61 Glenfada Park.
This site, just off Rossville Street, was chosen because
it is central to most of the events that will be covered
inside the museum. The main battleground for the Battle
of the Bogside was only yards away, at the front of Rossville
Flats. The area around this block was also one of the
main killing grounds on Bloody Sunday, with two killed
and five injured directly in front of the building. In
fact, the building still holds the last remaining physical
evidence of Bloody Sunday in the area, in the form of
two bullet strikes on the face of the building, and was
the subject of a preservation order laid down by the Saville
Inquiry to preserve lines of sight as closely as possible
to what they were on Bloody Sunday.
Glenfada Park also places the Museum of Free Derry at
the heart of what is now one of the major tourist attractions
in Derry. The museum will only be yards away from the
Bloody Sunday Monument, Free Derry Corner and the Bogside
Artist’s murals, all of which are now attracting
large numbers of tourists all year round. The museum will
provide a focal point for tourists interested in this
area, and provide a context for the other points of interest.