Material showing the role played by Orange Order leaders in famine relief is among the contents of a new history journal which has just been produced by the Institution.
The bi-annual publication is designed to “highlight and preserve aspects of Orange history”, according to the Order, and emphasises the magnitude of the organisation in Ireland and beyond.
The contents of the debut edition include details about the changing make-up of Scottish Women’s Orangeism, the links between Orangemen and the First World War naval confrontation the Battle of Jutland, as well as anti-famine work done by brethren.
Its publication follows the opening earlier in 2015 of both east Belfast’s Museum of Orange Heritage, and a similar venue in Loughgall.
Dr David Hume, the editor of the journal, said: “All cultural movements can only survive in a rapidly changing world if they hold on to their history and have a strong and verifiable history to hold on to.
“The journal is a major effort to ensure that our history is well researched, can be robustly defended from an academic point of view, and lays foundations for the future preservation of our heritage.”
The first edition is sponsored by the Friends of Schomberg House museum support group, and costs £3 (plus postage and packaging).
It can be obtained from the Belfast museum, which can be reached on 028 90 701 122, or ordered via www.grandorangelodge.co.uk .