Over the past five years the Apprentice Boys of Derry (ABoD) have opened the Memorial Hall to the public and also worked with schools, community associations, churches, and historical societies interested in the history of the city and the Siege commemorated by the organisation. As well as tours around the museum and exhibition rooms, the public have also guided access to all loyal order rooms within the B1 listed Memorial Hall.
On the back of the success of voluntarily opening the doors of the Memorial Hall, ABoD lodged an application to the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) to develop a purpose built new museum and visitor centre to tell the story of the Siege of Londonderry. It was the Appraisal Team’s view that the proposed project fitted with the Peace III programme objectives and has the potential to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society and to promote reconciliation.
With work now complete on this new heritage centre, as well as a full upgrade to the existing Memorial Hall, the building has now reopened to the public for tours and social functions.