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Friday 31 July 2015

Bangor Bell selected for BBC Radio 4 history show

Published 27/01/2010 | 11:20

The Bangor Bell has been included in a new BBC radio programme that’s examining world history through historical objects on display at local museums.

Entitled ‘A History of the World’, the Radio 4 programme, in conjunction with the British Museum, hopes to “provide different perspectives on the events, which shaped our world”.

The Bangor Bell, reputedly found around 1780 by gravediggers at Bangor Abbey and which now features as part of the permanent collection of the North Down Museum (NDM) in Bangor, is one of a selection of 25 historical objects selected by a special panel to represent Northern Ireland.

The other objects selected include the keys to Colditz Castle, a mortar from the Siege of Derry, The Ulster Museum’s Takabuti and The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum’s Ejector Seat.

A special website has been set up for members of the public to submit their choices of objects that bring to life the momentous events from the past to complete the selection of 100 objects from Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the project, Ian Wilson, NDM museum manager, said: “Everyone at the museum is very proud of being part of such a fantastic project that gives people the chance to engage with their own history.”

To submit your choice of object, visit

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