John also kindly showed me the visual display- well worth watching. It tells the story of Bloody Sunday in short statements and supported by primary sources- photographs from the day, including some of the background. One image- of a peaceful civil rights protest prior to Bloody Sunday was rather shocking. It showed people listening to a speaker, their backs to the camera. Behind them, on one knee, weapon aimed at a crowd who clearly were doing nothing wrong, is a British soldier.
There are also items from the day- CS Gas canisters, rubber bullets, and some of the clothing of the victims. A jacket with bullet holes in the back is one of the heartbreaking reminders that most of these people were fleeing at the time of the shootings.
There were also large boards giving the background to the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland- the focus, of course, being on Derry. Although I knew the full potential of the display, I can honestly say it was still an amazing experience and still told the story in a very open and sympathetic manner. The new premises will be amazing and well-deserved; The potential to display all their items and evidence again will make the story even more complete. If I were teaching in the UK- this would be high on my list of places to bring my students.
Looking forward to seeing the new building- I know I'll be back.