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Tower Museum Has Put Up The Rare Mabel Colhoun Image Collection On Its Website

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The Tower Museum has recently posted images from the Mabel Colhoun Collection on their website. Since the 1990’s Mabel's collection has been concealed in the Tower Museum. Museum volunteer Denise Henry digitalized over 10,000 slides in the last three long years to reveal Mabel’s worth. Mabel Remington Colhoun (1905-1992) was an archaeologist, naturalist, and teacher.  


Henry, who is working on Mabel’s work, has been scanning a portion from the 10,000 slides stored at the museum after Ms. Colhoun's death in 1992. "What lay in the boxes were the remains of a full and fascinating life. Like an archaeological dig, there were many layers to uncover,"


The collection that is released online reflects the 20th Century - the public, places, heritage, and history that shaped a city and it’s surrounding. It displays a wave of life in Derry and Inishowen, the County Donegal.


Moreover, Denise titled this collection a "visual time capsule" that supplements other Colhoun’s masterpieces.



The website exhibits some precious illustrations including, World War 11 time, displaying the arrival of Italian General Balbo to the city.


In addition, viewers can browse the opening of Derry's Craigavon Bridge in 1933 and the Queen's coronation visit to Northern Ireland in 1953. The grandeur is reflected in the snap that shows the building of the Foyle Bridge. Denise, the hardworking archaeologist, said:


"Little did I know when I opened a book called The Heritage of Inishowen: It's Archaeology History and Folklore that I would begin a lifelong project to learn about and promote its author, Mabel Remington Colhoun."



The archeologist has never met the artist but it is a dream for Denise to meet her. According to Denise, Mabel Colhoun knew the magic to inspire people.


The images are available online for viewers at the Tower Museum's website. Ronan McConnell (The museum's education officer) named these images “a small reflection" of the collection.


Source: Insider



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