As with many towns of similar size and demography within the region, Derry’s school system and education provision have traditionally been linked very closely with the city’s religious orders.
Schools either directly adjacent to places of worship or ‘convent schools’ — established or facilitated by the various denominations of clergy — were commonplace at the turn of the century. Even the city’s university at Magee was originally established in 1865 as a Presbyterian theological and liberal arts college.
The built heritage archive contains many of the area’s most significant school buildings, some of which are showcased here.
Included are schools such as: St Eugene’s Cathedral School, Christian Brothers School on the Brow-of-the-Hill, Rossdowney School, the Municipal Technical School (NWRC), Nazareth House and buildings related to Magee College and the Long Tower school.