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Due to the current outbreak of Coronoavirus (COVID-19) this event has been cancelled.

The history of Women’s Orangeism goes back to before the formal creation of the first Women’s Lodge in 1800.

The latest temporary exhibition at the Museum of Orange Heritage traces the history of the Women’s Orange lodges in Ireland and throughout the world. It highlights the opposition and support that women have had to have their voices heard and to achieve representation alongside their Orange brethren.

Orangewomen are often found leading from the front. The first female member of Belfast City Council, in 1917, Julia McMordie was also the first female High Sherriff and one of the first two female members of the Stormont Government in 1921. The first female MP from Northern Ireland elected to Westminster was also an Orangewoman. Patricia Ford was MP for Strangford from 1953-1955. She was followed in 1955 by Patricia McLaughlin, who was elected MP for West Belfast, the first woman from Northern Ireland to win a contested seat.

It is not just in the field of politics, Orangewomen are represented in other areas of life. They have been authors and poets, artists, doctors, businesswomen, philanthropists, and sports women. Their membership is taken from all walks of life, from the unknown working class women who formed early lodges in England and Scotland, to the women of title such as Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill, who hoped to use her influence in the early Home Rule debates.

There are Women’s Orange Lodges in nine jurisdictions across the globe. In Ireland, where the movement originated, there are currently 90 women’s lodges.
This exhibition reveals the history of those associations and of some of the women whose ideals forged them. On display will be items representing women’s lodges around the world.

The exhibition, entitled ‘In the name of the Sisterhood’, will be launched on 6 March, in time for International Women’s Day, and will run until 30 May.

This exhibition is produced on pop-up stands and will be available for groups to hire from the beginning of June. If you would like to hire the exhibition, free of charge, please contact the Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, on 028 9070 1122.

To book tickets in advance, please email info@goli.org.uk

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  • Tickets £5
Thu, 28 May 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, 30 May 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm

Museum of Orange Heritage

  • 368 Cregagh Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT6 9EY

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28 - 30 May 2020

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