A new journal which aims to highlight and preserve aspects of
Orange history has been launched by the Orange Institution.
Through a collection of historical articles, the main purpose of
the biannual publication will be to offer enriching perspectives
on various aspects regarding the heritage of Orangeism.
These include focal points since its inception in 1795, and an
emphasis on the magnitude of the Loyal Order in Ireland and
across the world.
The first edition includes articles and papers on a number of
subjects including the changing demographics of Scottish
Women’s Orangeism; Independent Orangeism in 1869-70;
Orangemen and the Battle of Jutland, 1916, and the Grand
Black Order of Orangemen.
The journal is the latest educational resource to be published by the Institution following the opening of the Museums of Orange Heritage in Belfast and Loughgall earlier this year.
Dr David Hume, Grand Lodge Director of Services and journal editor, hailed the booklet as a “must read” for anyone with an interest, or otherwise, in the history of Orangeism.
He said: “The Orange culture is for many people one of the distinctive aspects of Northern Ireland. The tradition and spectacle are enjoyed by a wide audience and not just confined to the Institution’s members. The story of the organisation stretches across the globe and told in an exciting and interactive way across two centres. The Journal of Orange history is part of this unique process.
"All cultural movements can only survive in a rapidly changing world if they hold onto their history and have a strong and verifiable history to hold on to. The journal is a major effort to ensure that our history is well researched, can be robustly defended from an academic point of view, and lays foundations for the future preservation of our heritage.”
He added: "Our first journal has a mix of materials ranging from academic and statistical study of Scottish Orangewomen, Orange service at the Battle of Jutland and independent Orange thought in the 19th century as well as Orange leaders’ involvement in famine relief and many other aspects of the Orange tradition."
The first edition is sponsored by the Friends of Schomberg House museum support group and is available to purchase for £3 (plus p&p). To obtain a copy, visit the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast or telephone 028 9070 1122.