Welcome to the webpage of the Museum of Orange Heritage
The Museum of Orange Heritage is the operating name of the two Interpretive Centres created as part of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge REACH project (Reaching out through Education and Cultural Heritage).
A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The project aims to create understanding, education, tolerance, and mutual respect through two ‘shared space’ educational and resource centres which tell the story of the foundation of the Orange Institution as well as its traditions, development and place in British, Irish and World society.
Each Centre has 3 overall strands:
- Education – promoting the Institution’s cultural heritage to a wider audience
- Peace and Reconciliation – encourage greater understanding about Orangeism, its legacy, activities and place in society
- Preservation of historical artefacts relating to Orangeism and the Institution
Each centre has
- A Museum – to display items and artefacts relating to the history of Orangeism
- A Research facility – at present the Institution is in possession of a large and unique archive charting the history of the Loyal Orange Institution from its inception in 1795. In addition the archive at Schomberg House contains a variety of related manuscript and other material dating from the Seventeenth Century.
- Educational resource – encouraging understanding about the ideals and cultural heritage of Orangeism through formal and community based learning frameworks that can be carried out on or off site
Outreach is a major part of this initiative and we are keen to engage with schools, community groups and cultural associations across Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Irish Republic.
As part of this endeavour we have produced and continue to develop educational workbooks and museum handling boxes that can be taken to illustrate talks and workshops with schools, youth groups and community associations.