Back in Time at Newry and Mourne MuseumA new comic book which aims to encourage children to find out more about the history of Newry was launched recently at Newry Museum by Cllr Michael Ruane, Chairman Newry and Mourne District Council.

The comic titled "Back In Time At Newry and Mourne Museum" is illustrated by local artist John Farrelly, and acts as an introduction to the history of Newry and Mourne and makes the Museum Collection more accessible to younger visitors 

The idea behind the comic is for the children who come along to the Museum with their parents to have a fun and colourful guide to the history of the area, the Museum and its collection. 

Many of the artefacts from the Museum Collection make cameo appearances throughout the publication as evidence of the important developments in our region. 

The book takes children through 9,000 years of history to see some of the major events and meet some the people that have helped shape the development of this historic region.

Significant moments from our past including, the early church, the Bagenals, the Plantation, the emergence of Newry as a merchant town, the construction the canal and the modern experiences of the 20th Century are included.

The comic also encourages the children to interact with the Museum as the many of the answers for brain teasers, puzzles and quizzes found in the book are in the galleries. 

Speaking at the event Councillor Ruane took time to thank the artist john Farrelly “who has beautifully illustrated the comic and managed to capture some of the key moments in such a unique and vibrant way.”

For anyone who would like a copy of “Back In Time At Newry and Mourne Museum” there are a number of free copies available at the Museum and why not take a tour when you are there.

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