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]




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 (Chichester Street) 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).



Glasgow Trip June 2015

At the beginning of June 2015, members of GOLI staff and the REACH team travelled over to Glasgow in Scotland to promote the museums and outreach to the members of the Orange Order in Scotland.

Staff were in Glasgow for two nights. The first night included a special viewing of the film ‘Strong to Survive’ followed by a brief presentation about the museums. This event took place in Braehead and also allowed those attending to sample a few of the new shop products which will feature in the new museum.

The second day involved the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and Museum of Orange Heritage, having a stall at the Orangefest organised by the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland in George’s Square in the centre of Glasgow. During the Orangefest talks and entertainment took place and both GOLI staff Drew Nelson (Grand Secretary) and David Hume (Director of Services) gave talks to the Scottish crowds. It was estimated that over 5000 people attended the event throughout the day. Again, the Scottish crowds were able to purchase many of the new items we are stocking in the museum shop and many items were very popular!

This trip allowed us to further outreach to members and non-members in Scotland, promoting and creating awareness of the museums. We found this trip extremely productive and well worthwhile. We hope to see many of our Scottish friends over visiting the new museums!

Great Progress at Sloan’s House, Loughgall

Sloan’s House, Loughgall

The second site of the new Museum of Orange Heritage is progressing well in preparation for the opening at the end of June 2015.

Sloan’s House, Loughgall has now had exhibition cases installed and the memorial garden at the rear of the museum finished.

The estimated opening date for this centre will be the 29th June, shortly after the official opening of the Belfast centre on the 24th June 2015.

For further information about the Friends group for the Sloan’s House site, please visit Co. Armagh Grand Lodge’s website – click here.

Balmoral Show Boosts Museums

Staff from the REACH Project and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland were in attendance at the Balmoral Show from the 13th-15th May.

The Grand Lodge of Ireland and Museum of Orange Heritage had a specially designed stall located in the Shopping Village over the three days to draw in crowds and create as much awareness as possible for the new centres opening at the end of June. The Community Education Programme was also heavily promoted to show our outreach work along with the outreach work of the Grand Lodge Education Officer David Scott.

This was also an opportunity to test some of our new shop stock which we brought in for the new museum shops. Several items were a big success and we sold out of many items which we had brought to the show!

We also ran a special Free Prize Draw which gave show spectators a chance to win 1 of 6 family passes to either of the two new museums.

Overall, the Balmoral Show was a resounding success for both the Grand Lodge of Ireland and the Museum of Orange Heritage. Our stall was extremely busy over the three days and we had plenty of familiar faces also visiting us, including politicians, local MLA’s, MPs and Mayors.


Check out David Scott, Grand Lodge Education Officer, speaking at the Balmoral show here. Please click for video.

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