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.

Officially Opened!

Both sites at Schomberg House, Belfast and Sloan’s House, Loughgall are now officially open for visitors and group bookings.

Schomberg House in Belfast officially opened on Wednesday 24th June 2015 and included a large number of guests from different areas of the community. There were representatives there from the tourist board, community groups, Friends of Schomberg House, those involved in the REACH project, our funders SEUPB and members from the nationalist community. The day included entertainment from Lambeg drums, piper and local bands. Representatives from Boys Model and St. Paul’s High, Bessbrook were also in attendance to reinforce the outreach work that will be continued through these new centres.

The Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, was opening by DSD Minister Mervyn Storey MLA.

Sloan’s House in Loughgall officially opened on Monday 29th June 2015. This site was also opened by Minsiter Mervyn Storey MLA. This event included guests from Friends of Sloan’s House, MEP’s, MLA’s and nationalist community members.

Both events were a resounding success and a great way to publicly announce the opening of our two great centres.

For any further information you can contact us on 028 9070 1122 (Belfast), 028 3889 2048 (Loughgall).