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 (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.

Unique Artefact of the Month

George Pennell Collection

For this month’s unique artefact there is a First World War theme. As we are currently in the centenary years of the First World War it is an appropriate artefact to choose, as well as the fact that there will be a large focus on Orangemen in Service in the new interpretive centres.

George Pennell was the son of Thomas and Mary Pennell of Pernau Street in Belfast.  He forged his age to enlist during WWI and was killed on 25th October 1918 at the Battle of the Lys, 17 days before the end of the war.  His age at death is given as 19, however, in the 1911 census of Ireland he was listed as aged 10, which would have made him 17 when he died.  He was posthumously awarded the 1914-1918 war medal and the Victory medal. Georges’ parents received the Memorial Plaque (known as the Dead Man’s Penny).

He has no known grave, and is commemorated on Panel 140 to 141 of the Tyne Cot Memorial, at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

The Museum of Orange Heritage has in it’s collection his death penny, dog tags, RIF Cap badge and a letter written to his mother by a 2nd Lt. detailing how, where and when her son died.

The transcript of the letter is as follow:



Dear Mrs Pennell,

I received your letter of the 4th a few days ago but have unfortunately not been able to reply sooner owing to having been down with the ‘Flue’ for the past week.

I regret that I cannot inform you what part of France your son is buried in but you will hear in due course the exact location from the Graves Registration Committee.

He was wounded about 9.30 in the morning of the 25th October 1918. I saw him fall and beckoned up the Stretcher Bearers who carried him to a farm near by – he died a few minutes later without feeling any pain.

Alf Cook was wounded shortly afterwards. I do not know which hospital he is in. The shell by which your son was killed was not from an airship but was FROM a long range high explosive (probably 6 or 7 miles).

His personal belongings including, I believe, two pipes have already been forwarded to you through the “D. A. D. R. T., A. M. F. O. Le Havre, France” – to whom you should write if you do not receive them soon.

The pay due to your son will be sent to you in due course as you are mentioned in his pay-book as next of kin.

I will give your address to any of your son’s chums who are still with the platoon.

May the thought comfort you during this time that your son died like a soldier and his loss was a great grief to his officers and comrades who again offer their sincerest sympathy.

I am,

yours very sincerely,

R. Lindsay Lees 2/Lt

Royal Irish Fusiliers

Friends of Schomberg Host AGM

The Friends of Schomberg House held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday at the Templeton Hotel.

Presentations were given on the Museum of Orange Heritage, the progress of the capital work, and tasks completed to date.

Dr. David Hume, Director of Services at the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, gave a talk on Independent Orangeism in East Antrim in 1869.

The Friends of Schomberg House then re-elected their new committee members and encouraged those involved to get more people to sign up to support the Museum of Orange Heritage. It was also highlighted at the meeting that approximately 20 groups or lodges have signed up for the corporate membership of the Friends which is fantastic to see.

New Committee Members for the Friends of Schomberg House:

  • David Cargo
  • David McNarry
  • Brian Blair
  • Derek Gallagher
  • David Hume
  • Desmond Brownlie
  • David Cargo Jnr.
  • Andrew Charles
  • Alan Lindsay
  • John McAllister
  • Trevor McIntyre
  • Roberta Heaney

If you wish to join the Friends as an individual or indeed wish to join as a lodge as corporate membership, please find all the information you need in the Friends of the Museum section of the website. You can also sign up online through the website via Pay Pal.

Images below courtesy of Roger Bradley

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