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Family fun as museum hosts first 'Boyne Day'

By Staff Reporter

A rare 17th century musket used at the Battle of the Boyne is the star attraction at a special day of activities at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.

Next weekend the museum will be a hive of activity for the inaugural family-orientated event celebrating and highlighting the significance and relevance of the Glorious Revolution 327 years ago.

Costumes and weapons will be brought to life through the recreation of a period camp, with black powder and other weapon displays.

There will be children's craft activities and a fife and drum workshop.

Visitors will also be able to get their picture taken with the Boyne musket, one of the museum's most significant artefacts.

The weapon was once carried by a Jacobite Dragoon and was used in the seminal battle in 1690.

The musket was acquired by the museum through a public auction two years ago.

Museum curator Dr Jonathan Mattison said Boyne Day was the latest initiative by the Orange Institution to educate and inform a wider audience about the shared history of the British Isles.

Boyne Day takes place on Saturday, August 19, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Admission is free for children under 16. Entry for adults costs £3, including free admission to the museum.

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