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Bronze sundial, dated 1711.The History Department holds and collects objects relating to the social, economic and political history of Ireland, with particular emphasis on Ulster from 1600 and Northern Ireland from 1921.

Image caption: Bronze sundial, dedicated to Edward Gernon, decorated with engraving of a man with a spade, a bush and a bird in flight, dated 1711.



Power Loom Power Loom
Where can you see this object? On open display in the Modern History Gallery.Which collection is this object part of? The History department's industrial collection. Why is this Power Loom inmportant?The 1800s saw the transition from hand loom weaving to power loom manufacture. The number of...

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Prosthetic Arm Prosthetic Arm
Where can you see this Prosthetic Arm? Modern History Gallery; Home Rule to Partition 1900 - 1922Which collection is this object part of? This item is on loan from the Science Museum, London. Why is this Prosthetic Arm important?This artificial arm was invented and made in Belfast in the 1920s...

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Drum of the Irish Unemployed Drum of the Irish Unemployed
Object Name: Drum of the Irish Unemployed Workers Accordion BandWhere can you see this object? In the ‘Between the Wars: Slump and Depression’ case in the Modern History gallery.Which colection is this object part of? The History Collection.Why is this object important?  In Oc...

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African Stool African Stool
Where can you see this African Stool? New Modern History Gallery; Home Rule to Partition section.Which is this object part off? Human History; World Cultures.Why is this post African Stool important?The war that broke out in 1914 soon spread beyond European soil to become a global conflict. As ...

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Belfast - Made Duelling Pistols Belfast - Made Duelling Pistols
Where can you see these objects? In the new Modern History Galleries, Ulster Museum.Which collection is this object part of? History Collections Image Caption: Duelling Pistols, Pair of engraved, percussion flint-lock duelling pistols.Why are these Pistols important?The first recorded incident...

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Wassail Bowl Wassail Bowl
Where can you see this Wassail Bowl on display?This Wassail Bowl is on display in the Plantation to Power Sharing Gallery, in the History Zone of the Ulster Museum.Why is this Wassail Bowl so important?The ceremony of Wassail (from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Waes Hail’, meaning ‘Be You He...

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Historic Photographs Historic Photographs
The History Department holds a wide range of photographs comprising over 100,000 topographical, portrait and historic images, mostly black and white, in print and negative formats.They mainly date from c.1880, and relate principally to the northern parts of Ireland, although other regions are cov...

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Coins and Medals Coins and Medals
The Numismatics section contains 50,000 objects, ranging in date from the invention of western coinage in the 6th century BC to the present day. The Ulster Museum has the best holdings of Irish banknotes in the world. In addition to coins and notes, the collections include financial instrumen...

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Contemporary Collections Contemporary Collections
Much recent attention has been focused on specimens associated with the history of Northern Ireland over the last two generations, including the Troubles. It is worth remembering that the Ulster Museum and its predecessors have always collected contemporary material: our copy of the 1916 Proclama...

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Artwork Artwork
Prints and Watercolours of Historical and Topographical InterestThe History department holds prints and watercolours of historical and topographical interest dating from the mid-17th century to the present day. These include portraits of local personalities and figures of note; street scenes and ...
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Militaria Militaria
The History department's collections contain the following categories of specimens on the theme of military history in the period 1600-2000:In addition to a range of ceremonial and military uniforms there are uniform items relating to the constabulary from its establishment in the mid-19th centur...
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