The Tower Museum, located in Derry City, have launched a fascinating exhibition which celebrates the life and work of Mabel Remington Colhoun (1905 – 1992). The temporary exhibition will run from the 7th of July until the 28th of January 2018, providing ample opportunity for locals and visitors to learn about a remarkable pioneer.
Stepping Into Mabel’s World At The Tower Museum
Mabel Colhoun was born and raised in Derry City, was a teacher by profession yet referred to as an Historian, Archaeologist and Pioneer. The temporary exhibition beautifully touches on these areas by recreating Mabel’s world through the use of personal belongings, artefacts, teaching resources and much more. The display will take you on a journey of discovery from her study, pictured above, where you can imagine Mabel combing through maps, books and photographs, a space where Mabel could examine the past and begin the long but exciting journey to record Heritage in the North West.
Next you will find yourself at an archaeological dig, observing the tools and equipment that would have been used on her adventures, including the bicycle used to travel through mountainous terrain in Inishowen during her survey work in the 1940s.
Connecting With The Past At The Mabel Colhoun Exhibition
In Mabel’s classroom, pictured above, you gain a sense of where generations of Historians, Teachers and Archaeologists were inspired. Sketches on the wall highlight topics like Nature, History and Archaeology, a common theme throughout Mabel’s published work and archive.
Blue Plaque ~ Honouring Archaeologist Mabel R. Colhoun
To mark this significant day, living relatives, former friends and colleagues of Mabel would travel to the Museum celebrate the exhibition launch and for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in honour of the contributions Mabel has made in the North West. Through the efforts of the Ulster History Circle supported by the Clarke Family and The Tower Museum, a blue plaque was unveiled at the Museum by Kyleen Clarke see above, Mabel’s niece, alongside the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Maolíosa McHugh.
Mabel R. Colhoun
On the morning of the unveiling Kyleen captivated the group with a touching tribute to her aunt offering us all a unique insight into Mabel as a person. This was followed by a talk by local Archaeologist Denise Henry who discussed the life and work of Miss Colhoun in the North West.
Denise noted on the day that;
Mabel’s research and life has afforded us the opportunity to not only examine the past but inspire others to go out into the countryside and appreciate all the beauty of our landscape, including the archaeology and wildlife that occupy it.
We look forward to uncovering the next chapter in Mabel’s story and with that Heritage in the North West.