5000th Visitor!

Thank you to all those that have visited the Museum since we opened in June 2015.

On December 4th we reached a huge milestone of 5000 visitors to the museum in Belfast! We are delighted that there has been so many visitors so far coming to learn about the Orange Institution, it’s culture and traditions.

A lot of visitors have been from overseas from places as far away as America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa; to name only a few! We have also seen a lot of interest from community groups and lodges since June this year. We hope to see this success continuing into next year.

Thanks again to everyone who has visited so far and we hope to see you all again with even more friends to see the Museum!

Snapshot of our Shop!

Check out our fantastic range of hoodies available now at the Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast site.

We now have two very attractive designs to choose from – the first design has the Orange Order’s logo ‘Since 1795’ embroidered onto the navy and orange hoodie.

The second design features our new museum logo embroidered on a navy and red zip up hoodie.

Since 1795 hoodie is priced at £19.95, available in sizes S-XXL.

Museum Logo zip hoodie is priced at £22.00, available in sizes S-XXL.

Hoodies are available in store; order online at www.grandorangelodge.co.uk or by phone on 028 9070 1122.

A great gift idea for Christmas!


World War II Workbook Launched!

The latest in a series of educational resources has been launched at the Museum of Orange Heritage.

Aimed at pupils at Key Stage 2 level and community groups, the new workbook ‘Blitz, Bombs and Bullets’ covers the period of the Second World War and Northern Ireland’s contribution to the war effort. Artefacts from the Museum’s collection are also featured in the book along with stories and facts from Orangemen who fought during the Second World War.

The workbook was launched formally on Armistice Day with the help of pupils from Larne High school who were on a two day visit to the Museum of Orange Heritage.

Dr. Jonathan Mattison, Museum Curator said: ‘This book aims to provide an informed and educational resource for schools and will highlight the many varied aspects of the Second World War, including Orange Order service during the years of conflict.

We hope the workbook will form a basis of leaning in many classrooms across the Province as the Institution continues its community outreach.’

Other workbooks available from the Museum of Orange Heritage include ‘Tanks, Trenches and Troops’ which focuses on the First World War and ‘Soldiers, Spies and Supplies’ which draws information from one of the artefacts in the museum, the Paymasters General’s Book, to cover the Williamite War s in Ireland.

All these publications are available for educational professionals and can be obtained by contacting the Museum of Orange Heritage on 028 9070 1122 or [email protected]

Memorial Lecture to be held this month!

A new memorial lecture which pays tribute to an Orange Order archivist will be held in Belfast later this month.

The Cecil S. Kilpatrick memorial lecture will be an annual event in the calendar of the Museum of Orange Heritage and is in recognition of the late Orangeman, who passed away in 2013.

The Hillsborough man, an accomplished historian, was one of two voluntary archivists for Grand Lodge over many years. During that time he wrote many booklets and pamphlets on much of Orange history.

The inaugural lecture will be delivered by former Belfast man Sam Wilson. Mr Wilson is the owner of the oldest artefacts on display at the Museum of Orange Heritage, the 1675 Williamite damask linen tablecloth.

The eight-foot long tablecloth was produced to mark the successful siege of the walled city of Grave in the Low Countries, in which William of Orange was commander. In his talk Mr Wilson will detail the history of the tablecloth as well as the story behind what is portrayed on it.

Museum Curator Dr. Jonathan Mattison said: “This outstanding artefact has been a talking point for many visitors to the museum and we are delighted that Mr. Wilson, a notable collector of Irish Damask Linen, will be delivering the lecture on it. We have no doubt he will bring this unique artefact to life through his exposition.”

The memorial lecture will take place on Monday 23rd November, commencing at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in attending should pre-book by contacting 028 9070 1122 as seating is limited in the education room of the museum.


Snapshot of the Gift Shop!

Take a piece of the Museum home with you with one of our unique coasters available from the gift shop!

This coaster is a replica of the lodge seal for the East Belfast Volunteers LOL 862, who served in the First World War. It is also one of the focal points of one of the wallpapers in the ‘Orangemen in Service’ section of the Belfast Museum site.

Each coaster is priced at £2.50 and is available from the Museum gift shop, open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (open till 8pm on Thursdays).

New World War 1 workbook launched!

A new workbook was launched at the Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, on Thursday 27th August.

The workbook is titled ‘Tanks, Trenches and Troops’ which focuses on the First World War. The activities in the workbook have included aspects from the curriculum from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The workbook has been developed for the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 age groups. Topics covered in the book include the recruitment of soldiers, life in the trenches, the Battle of the Somme and the Home Front. The workbook also features Orange links to Orangemen that fought from all around the world as well as the efforts of some Orangemen, including a VC winner Robert Quigg.

This new educational resource is the second in the series of workbooks produced by the Museum and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. The first was the very successful ‘Soldiers, Spies and Supplies’ which was based on an artefact in the Belfast museum, the Paymasters General’s book. It covered the period of the Williamite wars in Ireland and the Battle of the Boyne.

If you wish to get a copy of this new workbook please contact the Museum of Orange Heritage.

Drop in for a coffee at Sloan’s, Loughgall

Situated on the main street and within the Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall, Sloan’s is an independently run Coffee Shop serving freshly brewed Teas & Coffees including Loose leaf teas, Lattes, cappuccinos, etc. along with a delicious selection of light lunches, pastries, cakes & traybakes.

Proprietor Heather McQueen says: “We are very excited to be running Sloan’s Coffee Shop in Loughgall.  We wanted to create a casual & friendly gathering place – somewhere people would want to hang out, relax, catch up with friends and enjoy good quality tea or coffee”.

The opening hours for Sloan’s Coffee Shop are :  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Sloan’s can also supply catering/refreshments for groups visiting or holding functions within the Museum.  Contact Heather for further details.


Contact details for Sloan’s are :

Tel:  07779551469

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  www.sloanscoffeeshop.co.uk

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/sloanscoffeeshop

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/sloanscoffee

Periscope Tour of the Museum

Members of staff took part in a live video tour of the Museum of Orange Heritage at Schomberg House in Belfast. The tour was carried out using the app ‘Periscope’. Periscope is available for Android and iOS devices and you can follow both the Museum of Orange Heritage and the Orange Order on this app.

The tour was led by David Scott, our Education Outreach Officer who guided us through the reception area up to the main exhibition space. This gave viewers a sneak peek as to what they should expect when they come to visit us. The tour was then taken over by Dr. Jonathan Mattison, Curator of the Museum of Orange Heritage, who guided viewers around the rest of the exhibition space.

David Scott finished up the tour by showing the Temporary Exhibition Room, Lodge Room and Education Room.

The Periscope app allows followers and viewers to watch live videos carried out by the Museum and the Orange Order. During the viewing you can also comment and show appreciation for the videos.

Some photos below are of today’s broadcast and it is hoped that this will create further interest in people coming to view our new museum and facilities!

You can also watch the tour again via the link here: 

Unique Artefact of the Month

This pocket watch was recently given to the museum.  It is still in working order and is inscribed on the back “Presented to Br, Hugh Tanner, Secy., by the members of LOL 693.  16th April 1909”.

Hugh Tanner was from Donaghadee and was born in 1875.  He was 34 when the watch was presented to him by Protestant Boys LOL No. 693 (Belfast District 1).  He fought with the 109th Brigade, 36th Ulster Division at the Battle of the Somme and carried the watch with him.

During the 1920s he was manager of Distillery FC and manager/trainer of the Northern Ireland Squad.  He was also a Managing Director of Cairnes Ltd. brewery, which had warehouses at Oxford Street in Belfast.

This pocket watch will also feature in the new educational workbook developed by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and the Museum of Orange Heritage. It will be the second in a series of workbooks developed which will focus on the First World War. It will follow on from the successful ‘Soldiers, Spies and Supplies’ book.

Schomberg House Useful Info.

We are delighted to welcome you to the Museum of Orange Heritage.

Our Belfast site is situated on the Cregagh Road, approximately 3.2 miles from Belfast City centre.

We are easily accessible by the 6A bus which leaves from the City Hall (Donegall Square West) on a regular basis.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or queries on 028 9070 1122.

Opening Times for our Museum:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Evening visits by request


Adults – £5

Children – £2

Children under 10 – FREE

Group rates – £3 per person*

*A group is 10 or more people who have pre-booked

Minimum group booking fee £30.

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