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Ulster Museum's tribute to 1916, a year soaked in blood of Somme soldiers and Rising rebels

File photo dated 14/05/1916 of a view from Nelson's Column showing ruins in the city of Dublin. PA
File photo dated 14/05/1916 of a view from Nelson's Column showing ruins in the city of Dublin. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of Sackville Street (O'Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay showing the devastation wrought during the 'Easter Rising', as a trove of rarely-seen photographs lays bare the utter carnage wreaked on Dublin during the tumultuous Easter Rising 100 years ago this weekend. PA
File photo dated 30/04/1916 of British troops at a road block outside Cassidy's Grocery during the Easter Rising in Dublin, 1916 as a trove of rarely-seen photographs lays bare the utter carnage wreaked on Dublin during the tumultuous Easter Rising 100 years ago this weekend. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of Sackville Street from the Nelson Column after the Rising in Dublin as a trove of rarely-seen photographs lays bare the utter carnage wreaked on Dublin during the tumultuous Easter Rising 100 years ago this weekend. PA
File photo dated 01/04/1916 of crowds outside Bow Street court, for the Roger Casement Trial as a trove of rarely-seen photographs lays bare the utter carnage wreaked on Dublin during the tumultuous Easter Rising 100 years ago this weekend. PA
File photo dated 01/05/1916 of children carrying wood from Sackville Street, Dublin after the Rising as a trove of rarely-seen photographs lays bare the utter carnage wreaked on Dublin during the tumultuous Easter Rising 100 years ago this weekend. PA
File photo dated 24/04/1916 of a poster issued by members of Sinn Fein proclaiming the creation of an Irish Republic. PA
File photo dated 11/05/21916 of souvenir hunters of all ages scrabble amongst the rubble in the streets of Dublin in the aftermath of the 'Easter Rising'. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of damage in Dublin from the top of the Nelson Pillar. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of the Dublin Savings Bank closed after the Rising. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of British soldiers guarding an improvised armoured car made from a locomotive boiler and used to convey troops from point to point during the 'Easter Rising'. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of the ruins of the General Post Office viewed from the top of Nelson's Column , Dublin as rebels, proclaiming an Irish Republic, seized control of the building on the 24th April. PA
File photo dated 25/04/1916 of the scene from O'Connell Street in Dublin. PA
File photo dated 11/05/1916 of a part of the ruins of the Picture Gallery . PA
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

A new exhibition exploring the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme in 1916 opens at the Ulster Museum today.

Remembering 1916: Your Stories, features artefacts donated by the public as well as loans from the National Museum of Ireland and the Imperial War Museum.

Rare objects from both conflicts will be on display together for the first time, including uniforms, equipment, medals, firearms, photographs and poignant personal mementoes.

These include a recently acquired Irish Volunteer tunic thought to have been worn in the Easter Rising by Irish volunteer Jack Greenan from Keady, Co Armagh.

Another item is the blood-stained booklet of Private Adam Stewart from Co Londonderry, one of those killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Many of the objects on display have a direct link to prominent personalities from both conflicts.

These include northern republicans such as Denis McCullough, Roger Casement, Bulmer Hobson and Winifred Carney.

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From the Battle of the Somme, the exhibition includes items associated with Major General Nugent, commander of the 36th (Ulster Division) and Lord Farnham, his aide-de-camp.

Two paintings of Thiepval in France by William Orpen, considered to be one of the most important war artists, are on loan from the Imperial War Museum. The National Museum of Ireland has provided an autograph book from Reading Jail with the signatures of then inmates and Irish political leaders Denis McCullough, Sean T. O'Kelly (who became the second President of Ireland) and Arthur Griffith.

The display has been developed in collaboration with a Queen's University research project, Living Legacies 1914-18.

William Blair, National Museums Northern Ireland’s Head of History, in the Ulster Museum’s new exhibition Remembering 1916: Your Stories
William Blair, National Museums Northern Ireland’s Head of History, in the Ulster Museum’s new exhibition Remembering 1916: Your Stories
A sculpture depicting a revolver and a harp by the Belfast-born artist Hugh Clawson
Blood stained booklet of Royal Irish Fusiliers’ Private Adam Stewart, who died at the Somme

William Blair, Head of History at National Museums Northern Ireland, said he hoped the display would give people here a greater understanding of the impact which the events of 1916 had on wider society. The exhibition will run until 2017 and will be accompanied by a series of talks and curator-led tours, workshops, film screenings and family activity events. Admission to the Ulster Museum is free. For further information, visit www.nmni.com/um.

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