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    Brexit – Implications for the Environment on the island of Ireland

    Friday 16th June
    Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk
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    Social Investment Clinic

    Tuesday 20th June
    Linen Hall Library, Belfast
    Free

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    Developing a Legacy Fundraising Marketing Strategy

    Thursday 22nd June
    Clifton House, Belfast
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    Sustainability and Planning for the Future

    Tuesday 27th June
    Ranfurly House, Tower Room, Dungannon
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    Down County Museum

    The museum collects, conserves and exhibits artefacts relating to the history of County Down from the earliest times until today. Our aim is to enhance appreciation of the history, culture and environment of the County through the organisation of exhibitions, activities and events which are informative, accessible and relevant to the local community and our visitors.

    The museum is located in the historic buildings of the eighteenth century County Gaol of Down. The Gaol was opened in 1796 and until its closure in 1830 housed many thousands of prisoners. Our online prisoners database allows you to search for details of prisoners.

    In addition to incarcerating many people for very minor offences, the gaol held 1798 rebels captured after the battles of Saintfield and Ballynahinch and the United Irishman, Thomas Russell, executed for his role in the abortive rebellion of 1803.

    The gaol was also a convict gaol and many hundreds of transportees were imprisoned here prior to their journey to the convict colonies of New South Wales. The museum began a programme of restoring the gaol buildings in 1981, and now visitors to the site can see the conditions in which the prisoners were kept, visit restored cells complete with displays on individual prisoners, and stroll through the gaol courtyards which today are likely to be the scene of lively events and re-enactments!

    The museum's permanent exhibitions include

    Down Through Time which explores 9000 years of human history in County Down. A programme of temporary exhibitions deals with everything from the Victorians to local artists.

    The Mall
    English Street
    Downpatrick
    BT30 6AH
    www.downcountymuseum.com
    mail@downcountymuseum.com
    028 4461 5218
    028 4461 5590

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