Exhibitions

Visit Our Online Exhibitions and Events to Learn More About the Past

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Collections

Telling the story of Orangeism through artefacts, art and music

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Resources

Learn more with our range of research and education resources.

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Tours

Begin the journey of discover with our heritage tours

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New Exhibitions

Our new Online Museum, will help you understand more about our rich heritage and vibrant culture through virtual galleries and online exhibitions

Bringing History to Life

As an Institution we celebrate the historic events on the Glorious Revolution and the Williamite Wars which formed past of a wider European and indeed international conflict which shaped the course of world history.

Putting the Past in Perspective

The past is important to us, but we wish to learn from it and remember it not become a prisoner to it. We believe that we are called to give thanks to God for deliverances and victories of the past, we are also convinced that it can act as a guide helping us not to repeat its mistakes, and finally we understand that it forms part of our national identity, our heritage.

The Future of Orange History

Looking to the past should not blind us to the future, and in how we study and present history as well as how we celebrate and commemorate the past we wish to use exciting innovative techniques and technology, which will not only educate and engage audiences but inspire us all.

Vision and Passion about the Past

Education and Commemoration

Many claim that the past divides us, however it is our belief that it is not the past but how it is taught, or indeed ignored in schools which leads to divisions. Indeed the very nature of our schools system allows denominational schools to misinterpret and add bias to the teaching of history. Our aim is to offer explanation of the past, not apology for it, and to ensure that it is never rewritten to suit the political agenda of those who fear the truth of it.

We see education, commemoration and celebration combining in a range of modern authentic resources which will address the present imbalance and ensure that a strong proud but tolerant identity is build on the truth of the past.

Watch Our tribute to the Sacrifice of the Somme 1916

The Clash of Kings

The Battle of the Boyne 1690 

The Battle that shaped the future of Ireland, Britain, Europe and the World

The clash of three kings shook history to its foundations and we are still all living with the results and benefitting from the consequences. It saw the final success of the Glorious Revolution which defined parliamentary democracy, and provided the foundations for the growth of Britain as a world power.

Find out what happened on that fateful July day in 1690 as vast European armies met on the banks of an Irish river to decide the fate of three kingdoms. Follow in the footsteps of King William’s armies and find out why local men faced death that date. Finally we will look at the lasting legacy of the battle and why to this day it is celebrated across the world.

It is one of the most famous battles in European history and is commemorated in art, music and folklore throughout the English speaking world.

Explore the Exciting Story of Bygone Days of Yore 

Discover Independent Orange Heritage at our Online Museum

Access to Artifacts

The story of our past is often best told through the objects of the period, from the swords welded at the Battle of the Boyne to the literature and art produced to commemorate it, Orange Heritage comes alive through the artefacts that relate to it. Here for the first time we give you access to thousands of items held in hundreds of museums and private collections across the world which tell the story of our past.

Programme for the State Opening of Parliament

Official programme for the State Opening of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Film Footage of the State Opening

Archive film footage of the State Opening of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Photograph of the State Opening of Parliament

Photograph of the State Opening of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Sloan and Celebrity Endorsement

Tom Sloan became something of a celebrity in his day even being recruited by…

The Immortal Seven Invitation to Invade

In 1688 alarmed by King James increasingly Catholic and Absolutist policies the…

Bringing the Past To Life

The aim of our Online Orange Museum and Interpretive Centre is to Protect and Promote Orange Heritage.

We aim to improve understanding and appreciation of the role of relevance of the Independent Orange Order in particular and the wider context and contribution of Orangeism to our national story.

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Online Library

Since civilisations began man has sought to write and record his knowledge making it available to others for learning and improvement.

We are just adding what we have learnt and produced to that accumulative knowledge.

Why not join our library today and get access to our collection of resources and publications today.

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Organising an Act of Remembrance

We are working alongside the Royal British Legion to promote safe, socially distanced…

A Chosen Few

A Chosen Few looks at the history and Impact of the ILOI through a series of lectures and…

Orange Independent Twelfth Edition 2019

The Twelfth edition of the Orange Independent 2019

The Orange Independent Twelfth edition 2018

The Orange Independent Twelfth edition 2018

A History of Orangeism

A history of orangeism written but Robert Lindsay Crawford first Grand Master of the…

Belfast Taskforce Report 2019

Taskforce Report looking at Good relations and wider strategic development for the ILOI