Historic Glenarm arch finds new home at Museum of Orange Heritage

Grand Lodge director of services, Dr David Hume,in front of the Glenarm arch, whrch which is the largest artefact at the new Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast
Grand Lodge director of services, Dr David Hume,in front of the Glenarm arch, whrch which is the largest artefact at the new Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast

A Co Antrim Orange arch has found a new home at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.

The arch, which once featured in the coastal village of Glenarm and the property of Glenarm LOL 1121, will help tell the story of Orangeism in Ireland and throughout the world.

The arch is being ‘adopted’ by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, who will assist the museum in the upkeep of the installation within the museum complex.

The Glenarm lodge itself dates back to the 1870s and Orange Order director of services, Dr David Hume, said the museum was delighted to have the donation of the arch. He said that “during its lifetime on the Antrim coast it will have been doubtless viewed by many” but “thousands of visitors, including many from overseas, will now be able to view it and have their photographs taken beside it”.

The Museum of Orange Heritage at Schomberg House, which is due to officially open on June 24, aims to educate, encourage understanding, address negative perceptions and build confidence with all those that come to visit.

According to its website the east Belfast museum focuses on “the history and traditions of the Orange Institution, beginning with the Glorious Revolution, and travels right through until the present day”.

Visitors can experience the Orange story through “new audio visual technologies and interactive facilities” .