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

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.