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COVID-19 Update

Due to the latest guidance from the NI Executive, our museums will remain closed for a planned 6 week period from the 23 December. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our museums when it is safe to do so and we would like to thank the public for their continued support and patience.

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Banner, Amalgamated Society of Painters & Decorators


A burgundy rectangle with blue border, red fringe on bottom Obverse:- At the top an ornate light brown scroll with silver & brown leaves and embellishments inscribed in dark brown `AMALGAMATED SOCIETY / OF PAINTERS & DECORATORS'. Under this a green disc with silver border, round which leaves and scrolls. In the centre a light blue shield, quartered, top left 3 white shields, top right a white chevron with 3 gold griffins heads, the bottom has these quarters reversed. The crest is a plumed helm surmounted by a Phoenix, the supporters are two white leopards? with gold collars and coronets. At the bottom a blue 3 piece scroll inscribed in black `AMOR / QUEAT / OBEDIENTIAM'. The bottom of the disc is light brown, inscribed `N. IRELAND AREA COMM / FORWARD TO / PROGRESS'. Reverse:- Similar to obverse, except that the centre is blue and bears a portrait of Robert Tressell, at the bottom in dark brown, `ROBERT TRESSELL / AUTHOR OF / `THE RAGGED TROUSERED / PHILANTROPHISTS'. (Published 1890).