The Bloody Sunday Trust was established in 1997 with the twin aims of supporting the Bloody Sunday families and others through the course of the Inquiry, and of preserving the history of the period that led to Bloody Sunday.
It is a registered charity which is managed on a not for private profit basis by a group of voluntary directors.
The Trust managestwo key projects: The Museum of Free Derry and the Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding Project (generally referred to as the ‘Derry Model’). Between the two projects the Trust employs fourteen paid staff and three long-term volunteers.
The Museum of Free Derry was openedin 2007 to tell the story of what happened in this city during the period 1968 – 1972, popularly known as ‘Free Derry’, including the civil rights era, Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman.
The museum was set up to tell the story of how a largely working-class community rose up against the years of oppression it had endured, of how the peaceful civil rights movement was met with violence, and the descent into conflict which led to Bloody Sunday, the day when the British Army committed mass murder on the streets of the Bogside. The museum was designed as a public space where the concept of Free Derry could be explored in both historic and contemporary contexts by a wide audience of local, national and international visitors.
The Museum of Free Derry has become one of the most popular heritage attractions in the region, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year from all over the world.The original version of MoFD attracted over 160,000 visitors during its eight years of operation, and the new museum has hosted the same number again since its re-opening in February 2017.
The Museum has already won two awards in the short history of the new building, the CEF award for a social/community building in 2017, and the Tourism NI award for Authentic Visitor Experience in 2018, and is fully accredited under the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland.
The Trust and Museum also organise the annual Bloody Sunday commemoration supported by the families, and a series of events throughout the year with on local and international human rights issues.
The Museum is wholly owned by the Bloody Sunday Trust, and is independent of any statutory bodies, funders or political parties.