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Video: New 1916 exhibition at Ulster Museum marks Battle of the Somme and Easter Rising

The Ulster Museum opens a unique exhibition ‘Remembering 1916 Your Stories’ that is part of the ‘Living Legacies 1914-18’ research initiative.

The exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and Easter Rising, includes rare and recently acquired items such as an Irish Volunteers tunic belonging to Jack Green from Co.Armagh. Other items include uniforms, souvenirs and personal mementoes, donated by the public.

William Blair, Head of History at National Museums Northern Ireland said:

“The Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme appear to lie at opposite ends of our political spectrum, but they are linked by the First World War and the profound social and political change that it brought about. Both the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme form an important part of the complex weave of history that continues to influence our present and our future.

“Our collection, largely donated to the museum during and immediately after the First World War, reflects what people believed to be important and worth preserving. Since 2014 we have also been collecting family histories through the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre and it has been wonderful to work with academics from Queen’s University Belfast as well as the public to create a truly collaborative exhibition combining leading-edge research with human stories.”

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 25 March and runs for a year, for more information visit http://nmni.com/um

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