The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall

The world headquarters of the movement

The Memorial Hall is the headquarters of the Apprentice Boys of Derry organisation, one of the so called ’loyal’ institutions.

Locally known as ’the Mem’, the building can be found on Magazine Street Upper.

Unlike its fellow Protestant organisations, such as the Orange Order or the Black Perceptory, the Apprentice Boys have as their only function the continuation of the memory of the ’brave thirteen’ original ’apprentice boys’ who, on December 7 1688, shut the gates of the city against the advance of soldiers loyal to James II.

The modern Apprentice Boys are best known to the public through their annual parades in December and August. An impressive gothic structure, the building houses a fine museum with a diverse collection.

Guided tours are available on request.

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