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Reflections on the Somme Exhibition and Display

In the year that we acknowledge the 100th year anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Burnavon, Cookstown are delighted to have on loan this November an exhibition from the Somme Heritage Centre, detailing the story of the 36th (Ulster) Divisions’ involvement in the War.

The Somme Heritage Centre is a Museum committed to telling the story of all Irish men and women from whichever community, who played a role in major world conflicts but particularly those who fought in the First World War.

As part of this unique exhibition there will also be memorabilia from the Great War on display, as well as a short film “Ulster Voices from the Front”.  This film contains recordings of 24 unique interviews recorded in the late 1980’s of Ulster veterans who fought in the First World War, as well as film footage from the Imperial War Museum and from The Somme Associations’ own film library. 

The men interviewed talk of joining up; the horrors of war; their relationship with the men with whom they fought side by side and they reflect on their experiences. It contains graphic battlefield scenes of death and the horror of the trenches and may not be suitable for younger children.

The exhibition will be on public display for two days only; Tuesday 4th November and Wednesday 5th November, and is open for public viewing from 9.30am – 5pm daily with the film being shown every hour on the hour, starting from 10am each day.  The film is 35 minutes long with viewing of exhibition taking approximately 25 minutes.  

In addition to the exhibition, on Wednesday 5th November at 7pm, David Scott from The Somme Heritage Centre will give a talk entitled “Reflections on The Somme”.  This will be followed by a Q&A session and the showing of the film “Ulster Voices from the Front”.  

David will talk about the build up to the War from an Irish perspective including the Home Rule crisis and the real possibility of Civil War, the role of the Ulster Volunteers and Irish Volunteers, opposing forces in Ireland now fighting side by side in the British Army and the Battle of the Somme particularly the experiences of the 36th (Ulster) Division and the 16th (Irish) Division. 

The evening will conclude at 9pm.  Booking is essential to attend this event on Wednesday 5th November at 7pm as numbers are restricted.  To reserve your seats, contact the Burnavon Box Office on 028 8676 9949. Admission is free for both the exhibition and for the talk.

For further information contact Caroline Sheehy at the Burnavon on 028 8676 9949,

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