The Apprentice Boys' Memorial Hall in Derry, one of the city's most important historical attractions and in urgent need of renovation, has received funding to allow it to relocate its Siege Museum to a temporary site nearby.
The action led to the Siege of Londonderry, which lasted 105 days and left some 4,000 dead of starvation and disease. 'No Surrender' became the slogan of the Apprentice Boys.
It was clear on my last visit to Derry two years ago that the fabulous building was in need of rather more than a bit of emulsion on the walls. It is closed until the renovation works are completed.
Announcing the relocation funding today, Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland said: “This assistance will allow the Siege Museum project to temporarily relocate and continue operation of their popular museum facility while the Memorial Hall undergoes restoration.
A spokesperson at the Memorial Hall told me today that the Siege Museum will open just a stone throw away at 16 Bishop's Street next week, hopefully on Wednesday 11 June.