Ulster Covenant table on display at Belfast City Hall exhibition

The table on which the Ulster Covenant was signed forms part of a new £1.3 million exhibition at Belfast City Hall.

Sir Edward Carson signed the Ulster Covenant opposing the formation of a Home Rule parliament in Dublin on this table in 1912
Sir Edward Carson signed the Ulster Covenant opposing the formation of a Home Rule parliament in Dublin on this table in 1912

The attraction was officially opened on Tuesdayy, bringing together artefacts from the traditions and cultures that shaped Belfast in a narrative agreed by all party leaders.

The city council says the self-guided visitor experience on the ground floor of the city hall fulfils its ambition to make the building more inclusive and welcoming.

A tour of the 16 exhibition rooms gives a comprehensive history of Belfast’s formation both in terms of industrial growth and its politics.

The dark and light of the city is reflected with rooms that feature the Troubles, the Titanic tragedy and the distinct dialect of Belfast.

The capital’s sporting greats and cultural icons are also celebrated.

Entry is free, although there is a £3.50 charge for headsets.

Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said: “This exhibition makes an important contribution towards not only reminding us of how far we have come but also that Belfast was, and is, one of the world’s great cities, with a great history and even better future.”