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New Ulster Museum exhibition is insight into 500 years of history in Northern Ireland

By Ricky Thompson

Ulster's fascinating past is on display in a major new exhibition at the Ulster Museum, showcasing 500 years of history.

Almost 400 objects have now been put on show at the Belfast museum, some 150 of which have not previously been on display.

The exhibit, Modern History, is arranged around particular events and themes and tells the story of the historic province of Ulster from 1500 to 1968.

It's opening is timely, to coincide with the  decade of centenaries, addressing events of 100 years ago which changed the face of Ireland as a whole.

The exhibition has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) which, combined, have contributed £581,800 to the project.

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: "The a Ulster Museum is helping to lead innovative and inclusive approaches to remembering our shared past.

"Events over 1912-22 shaped Irish and British identities and relationships. It is important that these events are remembered today in the context of an inclusive and accepting society.

"The Ulster museum is a key part of a creative platform helping all of us to build a united community and deliver social change."

Leading the project was Head of Human History with Northern Ireland's National Museums, William Blair, who said: "This exhibition includes rare and compelling objects displayed together for the first time.

"They include the artillery-shattered flag of the 36th (Ulster) Division, hoisted at its base depot in France during a World War One and the sword of Henry Joy McCracken, prominent United Irishman hanged in 1798."

Other objects include a set of 400-year-old clothing recovered from a bog in Dungiven, Co Londonderry.

Entry into The Ulster Museum is free.

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