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Source: Northern Ireland – City of Derry

12 October 2020

A fascinating exhibition displayed in the Alley Theatre which features archaeological remains from across the Tyrone area has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Titled ‘If Stones Could Speak – the Archaeological Landscape of Tyrone’, the exhibition contains archaeological remains from Clady, Strabane, Newtownstewart and Creggandevsky and has been nominated in the Tyrone division of the Heritage Council’s National Heritage Week Awards.

The awards celebrate the most engaging projects organised by Heritage Week participants. This year an online ceremony will be held on October 20th to announce the winners of each category.

Key items on display in ‘If Stones Could Speak’ include the Log Boat from Clady, as well as never before seen archaeological collections from the Strabane area which are on loan from the Department of Communities’ Historic Environment Division.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, said it was a great achievement.

“This nomination is fantastic news and certainly well-deserved. I visited the ‘If Stones Could Speak – the Archaeological Landscape of Tyrone’ exhibition when it first opened at the Alley Theatre and found it really interesting.

“The National Heritage Week Awards is a respected and esteemed annual celebration of local projects, exhibitions and heritage and I wish the team well as we await news on the results.”

Roisin Doherty, Council’s Museums’ Curator, added: “We are all delighted with this nomination which gives national recognition to this exhibition which celebrates the archaeological heritage of Strabane and the surrounding areas.

“With over 850 projects submitted in total, it is obviously great news that we have received a nomination in the Tyrone category and we are looking forward to the virtual ceremony later this month.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom