Join us at the April meeting of Foyle Branch, North of Ireland Family History Society. Hear the latest news from the genealogy world, enjoy the talk and chat with others about your research.
NOTE: earlier start time for Members - the AGM is at 6.30 and the talk is open to visitors at 7pm.
AGM, members’ evening and talk. “Gwyn’s Institute”. The origins of the Gwyn & Young orphanage in Brooke Park.
Visitors and new members are very welcome.
As this is a ‘Members’ Evening’, the talk is always by a member and there will be ten minutes after the AGM and before the talk to raise any genealogy queries.
Jim Condren will be giving a talk entitled ‘The History of Gwyn’s Institute’. Most of us are familiar with Brooke Park and the now demolished Gwyn’s Institute building which, in various incarnations, had been an orphanage, a school, a museum, a health clinic and the central library at different times - but what is the story behind the park and the Gwyn and Young Institute, to give it its full name? How did they come into being? Jim has been delving deeply into the past and has put together the first comprehensive history of their complicated creation and operation. The story revolves around three independent benefactors, John Gwyn, Joseph Young and James Brooke – and, of course, the Londonderry Corporation – with none of them envisaging the final outcome. It may surprise some to know that Gwyn’s is still in operation today as a local charitable Trust, such was the size of the monies involved.
Jim Condren had a career in management in the shirt industry and, in a parallel academic career, completed a doctorate in history and lectured in history and politics at the Ulster University at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Jim is bringing us another interesting and little-known gem of local history.
Upcoming meetings and events:
- Walking tour of Magee University historic buildings (TBC)
- History of Watt’s Distillery
- Summer outing
Foyle Branch of NIFHS usually meets on the first available Monday of the month at 7pm from October to May. Meetings are held in the Lecture Room at Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL.
More information: www.nifhs.org/branches/foyle/