The history of St. Peter’s Church dates back to 1,270 when King Henry III granted patronage of the church to the Bishop of Cork. St. Peter’s church was deconsecrated in 1949 and since then has developed into a visitor centre celebrating Cork’s heritage and culture. The building remained dilapidated until 1988 when Cork City Council took on the task of restoring this historic building as a public cultural facility. In 2016, the facility management company L.W. Management were awarded the management contract for St. Peter’s to be operated as a public heritage and arts visitor space in Cork City Centre. The current exhibitions and secret garden all help to tell the tale of the fabulous history of Cork (and there’s a lovely cafe to refuel and relax in on Heritage Open Day!)
Several exhibitions will take place in St Peter’s Cork on Cork Heritage Open Day.
North Main Street in the 50s and in the 60s: Join us for an interactive day on North Main Street and in St Peter’s as we exhibit some fabulous games, antiques and vintage clothing of the 50s and 60s. There will be storytelling, music, family activities and more all celebrating the North Main Street of the 1950s and 60s both here in the venue and out on the street. Shop windows along the street will create special window installations celebrating the heritage of Cork’s oldest street.
An exhibition on the history of the distilling trade in Cork by the team of archives in the Jameson Distillery Midleton.
Terry O’Brien’s latest exhibition of paintings, capturing real-life selfieimages through painting.
A City by the Sea” by famed Irish Historian Turtle Bunbury which includes a video and info panels telling the fascinating history of Cork in 1918.
Award Winning Photo Exhibition of Coal Quay by the Middle Parish/Coal Quay Historical Society award with some truly unmissable images of the Coal Quay over the past 100 years.