Ulster Museum launch Modern History gallery

The Ulster Museum have unveiled a major new exhibition called Modern History that examines the history of Ireland and Ulster over the last 500 years. 

Events within the Decade of Centenaries are addressed including original copies of both the Ulster Covenant and the Easter Proclamation as well as flags, uniforms and artefacts of the time.

Elsewhere the new gallery space tells the story of Ulster from 1500 to 1968 which then leads into the Museum's current Troubles exhibition. 

Hundreds of objects are on display including over 150 which have never before been put on display.

William Blair, Head of Human History at the Museum said, 'This exhibition includes rare and compelling objects displayed together for the first time. 

'They include the artillery-shattered flag of the 36th (Ulster) Division, hoisted at its base depot in France during a World War One and the sword of Henry Joy McCracken, prominent United Irishman hanged in 1798.'

Both the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) have contributed funding to the project.

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: 'The Ulster Museum is helping to lead innovative and inclusive approaches to remembering our shared past. 

'The Ulster museum is a key part of a creative platform helping all of us to build a united community and deliver social change.'

The Minister also highlighted the significant work of Creative Centenaries and paid tribute to the resources being created, including our 1916 comic books.

The exhibition at the Ulster Museum is now open to the public and admission is free.

You can explore some of the artefacts from the Museum by watching the video made by Culture NI below.