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17th Century Dutch Paintings 17th Century Dutch Paintings
The Ulster Museum has a small but significant collection of Dutch paintings. This Collection Highlight tour includes a selection that were painted in the 17th century.

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Between Two Revolutions Between Two Revolutions
The overthrow of James II in 1688 led to three years of warfare in Ireland, but was followed by the longest period of peace in modern Irish History. With political stability, industry and commerce flourished, standards of living rose and a thirst developed for education and new ideas. However, in the 1790s Ireland again exploded into bloody violence. The United Irish Rebellion of 1798 was followed in 1801 of an Act of Union tying Ireland to Great Britain.

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Delving among Dinosaur Bones Delving among Dinosaur Bones
Delve among the dinosaur bones with Dr Mike Simms, Curator of Palaeontology.

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1916 1916
1916 was the pivotal year of the war for Ireland because of events at home and abroad.

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75th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz 75th Anniversary of the Belfast Blitz
When Belfast was targeted by German bombs during the Blitz attacks in 1941, the regular and auxiliary fire services fought bravely, combating the flames amidst damaged water supplies and large amounts of debris blocking the streets.

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Art of the Troubles - Captured Art of the Troubles - Captured
Part of the Art of the Troubles online exhibition, featuring work by artists in response to the Troubles.

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Art of the Troubles - Circumstance Art of the Troubles - Circumstance
Part of the Art of the Troubles online exhibition, featuring work by artists in response to the Troubles.

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Art of the Troubles - Community Art of the Troubles - Community
Part of the Art of the Troubles online exhibition, featuring work by artists in response to the Troubles.

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Art of the Troubles - Conflict Art of the Troubles - Conflict
Part of the Art of the Troubles online exhibition, featuring work by artists in response to the Troubles.

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Art of the Troubles - Continuance Art of the Troubles - Continuance
Part of the Art of the Troubles online exhibition, featuring work by artists in response to the Troubles.

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Art of the Troubles - further works from the collection Art of the Troubles - further works from the collection
Many of the artists featured in the Art of the Troubles online exhibition are represented in the wider NMNI art collection. This highlights tour shows how some of these works reference Troubles or support the work that is in the exhibition, whilst others may look at wider themes. This archive will continue to grow as the recently gifted Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection is incorporated into the collection.

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Belleek Pottery Collection Belleek Pottery Collection
The Belleek collection at the Ulster Museum is not as vast as some private collections but numbering nearly 200 items, it does contain pieces that do not as far as we know exist anywhere else. This tour gives highlights of the Ulster Museum Belleek collection including unusual and unique pieces. Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art

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Birth of the Modern Era Birth of the Modern Era
The period between 1500-1700 was an era of change both in terms of politics, religion and military conflict, as the native Gaelic population witnessed the arrival of new settlers. Momentous events in Irish history included the Battle of the Boyne (1690).

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Canon Grainger - Father of the Ulster Museum Canon Grainger - Father of the Ulster Museum
This suit of Samurai armour was one of the thousands of objects in the collection of Canon Grainger. In 1891 he gave his collection to the city of Belfast. This forced Belfast Corporation to think about building a museum to house it. This resulted in a museum we know as the Ulster Museum. Canon Grainger can be considered ‘Father of the Ulster Museum’. This web tour describes Canon Grainger's life and collection.

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Capturing the World of the Forgotten Naturalist John Templeton (1766-1825) Capturing the World of the Forgotten Naturalist John Templeton (1766-1825)
This Collection Highlight Tour by Patricia Pyne is based on diaries written by the naturalist John Templeton between 1806-1825, when he lived at Cranmore, the historic family home in Malone, Belfast. It marks the 250th anniversary of his birth, and brings to light the extraordinary breadth and historical significance of the diaries.

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