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Antrim Artillery exhibition set to open in Carrick

Captain Paddy Shields and Captain Ken Blues from 591 Independent Field Squadron, based at Bangor Army Reserve Centre, visited Carrickfergus Museum, with the Mayor, Alderman Charlie Johnston and Shirn Murphy,  Collections Access officer. INCT 31-706-CON

Captain Paddy Shields and Captain Ken Blues from 591 Independent Field Squadron, based at Bangor Army Reserve Centre, visited Carrickfergus Museum, with the Mayor, Alderman Charlie Johnston and Shirn Murphy, Collections Access officer. INCT 31-706-CON

A new exhibition shining a light on an important element of Carrick’s military history has received regimental approval.

The Antrim Street venue holds an abundance of material relating to the Antrim Artillery Militia, a regiment that was a part of the fabric of the town for over 60 years, from its formation in 1854 until its demobilisation in 1919.

The material came to the museum on loan from the Territorial Army base in Bangor, and a selection has been on display in the museum since that time.

Now, as part of Carrickfergus Borough Council’s WW1 centenary programme, an exhibition has been developed focussing on the artillery to highlight their unique contribution.

Captain Paddy Shields and Captain Ken Blues from 591 Independent Field Squadron visited the museum last Thursday to give the military collection a thorough inspection and were happy with what they saw.

Captain Shields said: “We enjoyed our visit to the museum and are delighted to have this material on display to the public at Carrickfergus Museum. We very much feel a connection to it, as it allows us to reflect on the history of our regiment.”

There are now plans in place to loan further material relating to the Antrim Artillery, a forerunner of the modern Territorial Army, for the forthcoming exhibition. The collection includes dress tunics, pipe bannerettes and silverware with Antrim Artillery insignia as well as a number of documents and photographs.

The Mayor, Alderman Charlie Johnston, said: “The Antrim Artillery has played a significant role in the history of our town. These items help us to tell this important story in our museum and we are pleased to have the honour of caring for these collections for the benefit of the public.

“We are very grateful for the continued support of the Regiment and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with them.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday until October 4. A preview event will take place tomorrow (Friday) when local historian Philip Orr will be giving a talk on the impact of the Great War on the coastal communities of Carrickfergus and Whitehead. Refreshments will be served.

To book you place or for more information, contact the Visitor Information Centre on telephone 029 9335 8049 or email visitorinfo@carrickfergus.org

 
 
 

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