Museum calls for help to make history

City Cemetery Londonderry
City Cemetery Londonderry

People with an interest in local history are being sought to contribute to a new database for the historic records of Derry City Cemetery.

The Tower Museum is collating information from the cemetery records which date from 1853, charting the information of all those buried in the cemetery up until 1916.

The records detail not only the names of those buried in the cemetery, but also their age, their place of birth and who their parents were, amongst other valuable information. Most importantly for those trying to trace their ancestry, they also reveal the location of the grave within the large cemetery site.

The public are being asked to help in transcribing the information so it can be stored in a searchable format for future research purposes.

A public workshop explaining how to use the transcription packs will take place on Wednesday May 25 at U3A Foyle. If you would like to volunteer for a transcription pack or would like to book a place on the workshop, please contact Ronan McConnell at the Tower Museum on 028 7137 2411 or email at

Archivist with the Tower Museum Ronan McConnell said by taking part in the project people can be a part of history in the making.

“Recently the council’s Museum and Visitor Services, with the help of Guildhall Press and Derry City Cemeteries, have digitised the records up until 1916,” he said.

“But that information needs to be transcribed and eventually collated into a searchable database accessible to researchers, visitors and genealogists.

“The team here have arranged the records into ‘transcription packs’ which contain instructions and all the material needed to transcribe a small section of the records. We would now like volunteers to take a pack home and help create a searchable database that will be freely available to all.

“This project is a living example of how a community can come together and promote our shared local heritage on an unprecedented scale.”