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The Antrim Artillery 1854-1919

The Antrim Artillery 1854-1919 image

Carrickfergus Museum Runs until 04 October 2014

A First World War centenary exhibition by Carrickfergus Museum

Photo shows the Antrim Artillery Officers and Men at Kilroot camp, c1914

The Antrim Artillery Militia, later The Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery, was a part of the fabric of Carrickfergus for over sixty years. Raised to provide coastal defence, and later to serve overseas, the regiment was responsible for manning the forts in Belfast Lough at Kilroot and Greypoint and also for manning the coastal defences at Lough Swilly.

Using unique archive material held by the museum, the exhibition looks at the captivating history of the militia unit and the people who served in it. On display for the first time in Carrickfergus is a striking set of War Department plans from 1905, of the military barracks and ordnance stores at Antrim Street, now the Town Hall and Civic Centre.

Alongside this exhibition will be a remarkable collection of World War One postcards giving a fascinating opportunity to reflect on public attitudes to the conflict.

Cost: Free

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