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Belfast's Victoria Square transformed into a museum overnight

Belfast's busy shopping centre Victoria Square has been transformed into a museum overnight.

A replica Harry Ferguson monoplane was hoisted and suspended from the roof of Victoria Square on Monday night under the careful eye of staff from National Museums NI.

Weighing 281kg and with a wing span of 10.36m, the plane was designed, constructed and flown by the engineer Harry Ferguson in 1909.

It is a key item in the Victoria Square Museum, which aims to showcase four major Belfast themed zones - including Transport, Old Belfast, Street Games and ‘Docks in the Dome.'

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Iconic innovation takes to great heights for National Museums NI collaboration with Victoria Square. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Other iconic pieces to be displayed include the Ulster Prince ship model and images of historic Belfast. A Crosslé racing car and the Ulsterbus ‘wee bus’ are set to join the exhibition later this month.

Meanwhile, the famous willow dragons from the Ulster Museum will also be keeping a watchful eye on things.

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Iconic innovation takes to great heights for National Museums NI collaboration with Victoria Square. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Visitors can take part in a wide range of activities every day in crafts and skills workshop zones throughout August including willow work, weaving and dressing up in period costumes.

The Victoria Square Museum is free to everyone and runs until August 28.

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Iconic innovation takes to great heights for National Museums NI collaboration with Victoria Square. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

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