Foyle Civic Trust have launched a new publication focusing on the history and heritage of St Columb’s Hall.
The project, which was funded by the Department for Communities (DfC), looks at the inception of the Hall, its built and cultural heritage and talks to some of the people who were involved in the life of the Hall over the years.
Iain Greenway, Director of the DfC Historic Environment Division said
‘I am delighted that the Department has been able to support this research, through its Historic Environment Fund, into the history of one of the city’s most important listed buildings. This will help to ensure that as the building is developed in future years, decisions will be based upon a clear understanding of its unique history.’
St Columb’s Hall has been an intrinsic piece of the cultural, architectural and historical fabric of Derry City since 1886 – built from donations from local people and retains a deep connection to the local community.
Peter Tracey, Chair of the Foyle Civic Trust, who researched and authored the booklet, said
“Since its opening in 1888 the Hall has played a major role in the lives of over three generations of the people of this city. As we enter the 2nd decade of the 21st century it is imperative for the city that this architecturally and socially important building finds a new sustainable lease of life for the next 100 years.”
Often called “the People’s Hall”, St Columb’s Hall is grade A listed and located adjacent to the East Wall of the city’s historic Walls. It was also venue of choice for some of the world’s most iconic performers and notaries over the last 130 years.