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Ulster Museum welcomes visitors back for the first time in five months

The first day back for the Ulster Museum today after lockdown measures were eased. Picture by Hugh Russell

THE Ulster Museum welcomed visitors back for the first time in five months today with an exhibition exploring the impact and legacy of the events of the last century.

The museum in south Belfast is among a number of indoor and outdoor attractions, including libraries, allowed to reopen in the latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

Visitors to the museum were able to view its latest exhibition, Collecting the Past/Making the Future: Marking Centenaries 2021, a collaboration with Nerve Centre in Derry.

More than 200 objects are on display including a series of portraits by Sir John Lavery including one of John Redmond, on loan from the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and a portrait of James Craig, the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

Other highlights include an NHS tribute quilt, a t-shirt showing support for the 2019 Harland and Wolff shipyard workers protest and a bomb disposal suit.

William Blair, director of collections for National Museums NI, said: "The exhibition looks at the diversity of identities in Northern Ireland and we hope to encourage conversation and debate about, not only the past, but also the future.

"Visitors will have the opportunity to have their say on issues they feel will be important in the next 100 years, contributing to an active discussion both within the exhibition and online."

Admission to the Ulster Museum is free, but visitors are asked to pre-book time slots online at visit

Linen Hall Library in Belfast has also reopened. Picture by Hugh Russell

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