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'Reflections on 1916' exhibition opens at Belfast City Hall

 The ‘Belfast: Reflections on 1916’ exhibition is on display in the east wing of City Hall until August 31 and admission is free
Staff Reporter

A NEW exhibition opening at Belfast City Hall is to 'shine a spotlight' on key events in Ireland’s history including the Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme.

As part of Belfast City Council’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’ programme, the ‘Belfast: Reflections on 1916’ exhibition, which opened on Monday, will be on display until the end of August, and will examine events of 1916, 100 years on.

The interactive exhibition will cover other key moments of 1916 including the Battle of Jutland, the role of women, recipients of the Victoria Cross, and the human stories behind the historic events of that year.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson said: “Our Decade of Centenaries programme has been running since 2012 and this year we mark 2016, one of the most significant years of that decade.

“As well as examining some of the key events of 1916, the exhibition also shines a light on the human stories of that year - the role of women, the growth of cinema, and the impact of the Easter Rising and First World War on local lives.

“I hope the new exhibition, which is free, will attract plenty of visitors and people will call in to take a look for themselves.”

More events are planned throughout the year including a large, outdoor exhibition in the grounds of City Hall this summer. The ‘Fields of Battle; Lands of Peace’ photo exhibition depicting the battlefields of WW1 will be on display from July 15 until the end of August. 

There will also be lectures on the Easter Rising and Battle of Jutland; a presentation on the Battle of the Somme and its impact on Belfast communities; and a conference on the theme of ‘Belfast, a hundred years on from 1916: how do we make a fresh start?’.

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