Successful Newry Museum event celebrating International Women’s Day

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
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To link in with International Women’s Day Newry and Mourne Museum held a very well-attended conference, period fashion show and film screening.

Models and some of the ladies who attended the conference and period fashion show at Newry and Mourne Museum

The conference, held on Friday 6 March, examined the role of Irish women and children in the First World War. The speakers and topics included Hugh McShane on “Irish Women: From Home Rule to the Easter Rising”, Dr Margaret Ward on Suffrage, Brett Irwin on Lady Londonderry in the Great War and Dr Robert Whan on Newry and Mourne women and children in the Great War. After lunch, a period fashion show was held with the items on show dating from 1850 to 1920. Entitled “A Glimpse into the Past”, the fashion show presented a “living museum” to the audience where local characters were brought to life through clothes from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. On Sunday 8 March there was a film and talk on Nurse Edith Cavell and Newry lady, Ada Bodart (née Doherty), who were both involved in smuggling Allied soldiers out of German-occupied Belgium during the First World War. Newry and Mourne Museum is open to the public seven days a week with admission free of charge. For opening hours, information on events and exhibitions, other services and bookings please phone 028 3031 3178 or visit www.bagenalscastle.com.

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