The Saville Enquiry

In the 1990s, the Trust commissioned the first independent review of the available evidence concerning the Bloody Sunday massacre, carried out by Professor Dermot Walsh of the University of Limerick. Published in 1997, this review was the most significant factor in securing the support of the Irish Government for the demand for a new inquiry. This inquiry was established by the British Government under the chairmanship of Mark Saville, a leading Law Lord and subsequent member of the UK's first Supreme Court.

The Trust acted as a conduit for family members and friends seeking support or redress during the course of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. It was based for a time in the former Northern Bank building in Shipquay Street with a small staff, which included the two Bloody Sunday family liaison officers. During the inquiry, the Trust provided a range of support services for civilian and family witnesses who were giving evidence. This included advice, counselling and a facility to watch the inquiry as it happened.

The Museum of Free Derry

In 2007, the Trust launched its first major signature project with the opening of the Museum of Free Derry. Housed in a building in Glenfada Park, which still shows the scars of the Paratroopers assault on marchers, the Museum provides an opportunity for local people and visitors to the city to learn about Bloody Sunday and the civil rights struggle preceding it. A major new rebuild of the Museum is now underway.

Other activities

The Trust organises, in collaboration with the Pat Finucane Centre, a range of events to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday (30 January) and the anniversary of the publication of the Bloody Sunday Report (15 June). These events have included participants not just from Derry, but also from a wide range of contributors both Unionist and Nationalist, from throughout Ireland and internationally.