Museum of Free Derry
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The museum is a public space where the concept of Free Derry can be explored.
The Museum of Free Derry re-opened its doors in 2017 at Derry’s Bogside following an extensive redevelopment and offers a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights and early conflict era in the city, including Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman.
The museum was established by the Bloody Sunday Trust in 2006 to tell the story of the civil rights movement and the creation of Free Derry in the 1960s and 1970s, and it has become an important part of Ireland’s radical and civil rights heritage. It tells the story of how a largely working class community rose up against the years of oppression it had endured. It also tells the story of Bloody Sunday, the day when the British Army committed mass murder on the streets of the Bogside. It demonstrates how the people of Derry, led by the families of the victims, overcame the injustice and wrote a new chapter in the history of civil rights, which has become a source of international inspiration.
The museum is a public space where the concept of Free Derry can be explored in both historic and contemporary contexts. Free Derry is about our future together as much as it is about the past. The struggle of Free Derry is part of a wider struggle in Ireland and internationally for freedom and equality for all.
It was here that the first no go area was declared in January 1969, when the defiant slogan ‘You Are Now Entering Free Derry’ appeared on a gable wall in the Bogside. This simple gable wall has now become an internationally recognised landmark symbolising freedom and independence.
By boldly taking on the might of the state, an oppressed people were demanding a different world where justice, equality and freedom were the entitlement of all. The Museum of Free Derry is dedicated to all who have struggled and suffered for civil rights everywhere, and who will do so in the future.