Exhibition marking 50th anniversary of Craigavon plan

Rushmere Shopping Centre.
Rushmere Shopping Centre.

Rushmere Shopping Centre is the venue for the new Craigavon ‘Back to the Future’ exhibition, which explores the reasons behind the new city of Craigavon as part of the 50th anniversary of the Craigavon Development Commission (CDC).

The exhibition charts the development and disbandment of the CDC which was formed in 1966 to develop the new city of Craigavon.

Curated by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Craigavon Museum Services, the exhibition displays artefacts, documents and plans from the Development Commission.

There is also a 1960s living room installation. Unlike a lot of museum installations, visitors are actively encouraged to sit in the room, dress up in the clothes provided and upload their selfies and memories to the Rushmere Facebook and Twitter pages!

The exhibition is manned from 11am-6pm and runs until the end of May. There are also two lectures in the Meeting Room in Rushmere next week.

From 7:30pm-8:30pm on Wednesday, 18 May, Dr Tanja Poppelreuter (Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at Ulster University) will speak about ‘Utopian Ideologies: Post-Modernist Architecture’.

At 7:30pm on Thursday, 19 May, Dr Andrew McClelland (Architectural Historian, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society) will give a lecture on ‘Towards Craigavon: The ‘New City’ in County Armagh in Historical Context’.

Both lectures are free, and booking is essential via Craigavon Museum Services: 028 3831 1669.