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CentenNIal Exhibition '100 Years, 100 Images' officially launched online

The new CentenNIal Exhibition at the Museum of Orange Heritage, Schomberg House, entitled ‘100 Years, 100 Images’ has been officially launched with a video message from the Grand Master Most Wor. Bro. Edward Stevenson.

The launch took place digitally due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. However, the Museum of Orange Heritage will open to the public on Monday, 24th of May.

Grand Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Ron Johnstone read a short lesson and prayer.

Covid-19 restrictions halted plans which would have seen the exhibition open to the public on 5th January 2021, heralding a year of celebration for the people of Northern Ireland.

Dr Jonathan Mattison, the Museum Curator, stated: “This exhibition highlights the story of Northern Ireland, and the role of our people during the past 100 years.

“In the course of 100 images and 100 stories, you will explore the highs and lows of our history, and learn how those from a British, Ulster-Scots, and Irish Identity, have shaped the nature and experience of our first century as a Country within the United Kingdom.”

Grand Master Edward Stevenson, who will open the exhibition online, said he was looking forward to the re-opening of the Museum and described the Centennial Year for Northern Ireland as one of ‘celebration and commemoration’.

“The past 100 years has witnessed our people champion endeavours at home and abroad. They have been pastors and practitioners, innovators and inventors, writers and poets, sports personalities and television legends.

“With this in mind, we have ensured that people are at the core of our centennial exhibition. The Orange Family are also at the heart of this story.”

The exhibition contains a wide range of artefacts that have played their part in shaping Northern Ireland’s story. From a motorcycle to medallions, Orange collarettes belonging to leaders of the country from Craig to Paisley, and much more – it all contributes to a unique and informed exhibition.

A specially commissioned souvenir booklet has been produced to accompany the exhibition and will be available to visitors, while our special line of CentenNIal merchandise will be on sale in the Museum shop.

A ‘Staycation’ will be on most people’s minds when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, so why not make a visit to the Museum of Orange Heritage part of your plans - come and see the story of Northern Ireland and the role its citizens have played locally and globally.

New opening times from this are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm - last entry to Museum is 4pm.

You can watch the launch video below.


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