‘Peace Day, 1919: Living and remembering in the aftermath of the Great War’
Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
‘Peace Day, 1919: Living and remembering in the aftermath of the Great War’ is a major new exhibition from the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.
The Great War raged in Europe from 1914-18 and affected all aspects of life in Lisburn and district, with almost 1000 local men and women losing their lives. In summer 1919, as world powers were making plans for peace in Europe, towns and cities across the British Isles looked to honour their ex-servicemen and women, living and dead, through a day of celebrations.
Peace Day was held in Lisburn on 16 August 1919, and the town held a huge civic parade and reception to honour ex-servicemen, while a temporary cenotaph in Market Square honoured the war dead. The day was remembered as one of the ‘greatest in Lisburn’s history’.
The exhibition features objects and photographs from its collection to explore Peace Day celebrations. Highlights include:
- Original artefacts from Lisburn’s Peace Day organising committee
- Rare photographs of the parade and ex-servicemen
- Medals, uniforms and stories of Lisburn soldiers and sailors
- Recreated temporary cenotaph and memory wall – record your views, thoughts or family memories of the Great War
- First Edition copy of the Treaty of Versailles
The exhibition coincides with Northern Ireland’s Armed Forces Day, 22 June 2019, and hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.