The Braid - Mid-Antrim Museum
The Braid - Mid-Antrim Museum
1-29 Bridge Street
028 2565 7161
028 2563 5941
The Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid features galleries showcasing an impressive collection of fascinating artefacts of both local and national significance, alongside an exciting range of changing exhibitions.
The use of interactive media brings history to life - as visitors are enticed to step back in time in a multi-sensory experience - while adjoining displays of artefacts are complimented by dramatic images of the local landscape. Together they provide an all-encompassing evocative experience.
The Museum features a varied range of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Also on offer are curriculum-linked programmes focusing on early man in Ireland, the Victorians and the Second World War. These interactive sessions provide engaging and enjoyable experiences for children, bring history to life in a memorable way. Other programmes, for people of all ages, are developed in line with visiting exhibitions.
All year round
Mon-Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm
Public/Bank Holidays - check local papers or ring 028 2563 5900
Social History Collection dating from the late 19th and 20th centuries reflecting the history and heritage of the Borough of Ballymena and the wider Mid-Antrim area. The Museum's History Gallery features material from the collection on display reflecting the collection's strengths and significant material loaned from National institutions. The Museum's Atrium space boasts a 14 metre high 'collection wall' where tiles illustrating objects from the Museum's reserve collection can be explored through a touch screen interactive. A range of outreach and education programmes provide access to the collections.
Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Religion, Photography, Music, Literature, Law and Order, Land Transport, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture
Key artists and exhibits
- Braidwater Spinning Mill Roll of Honour
- Braidwater Mill photographic archive
- Brotherhoods material
Humanity in War: Frontline Photography Since 1860
- 11 September — 28 October 2014 *on now
Humanity in War, on loan from the International Committee of the Red Cross, takes the viewer on a chronological journey of some of the world’s most tragic events through the archive photographic collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva. The exhibition focuses on the people who suffered as a result of armed conflict and those that came to their aid.
- Any age
World War One Exhibition: Across the Hawthorn Hedge the Noise of Bugles
- 11 September — 31 December 2014 *on now
Key themes will be explored through original sources and artefacts. This is the first exhibition planned as part of the Mid-Antrim Museums Service ‘On the Brink: The Politics of Conflict 1914-1916’ project, in partnership with Causeway Museum Service. This project will explore, through heritage sites, artefacts of the period, and engagement with local communities, the impact and legacy of the outbreak of the First World War, the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising in the Mid and East Antrim and Causeway areas.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Across the Hawthorn Hedge The Noise of Bugles: Exploring the impact of the outbreak of the First World War on communities in Mid and East Antrim and the Causeway exhibition is provided through the On the Brink: The Politics of Conflict 1914-1916 Project, delivered by Mid-Antrim Museums Service with Causeway Museum Service, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Family friendly
Please check opening times before visiting.
Museum Exhibition Programme 2015
- 8 October 2014 — 1 November 2015 *on now
January - mid February: A Boy from Browndodd Hill: Rural Life in 1940's Co Antrim
mid February - mid March: gallery closed (Ballymena FEIS)
mid March - mid April: Annual Northern Ireland Photographic Exhibition
May-August: Gallipoli James Hughes, photographer (Great War exhibition)
May-June: Building Legacies (Charles Lanyon)
September - October: Irielands Eyes (photographic exhibition)
September-November: Answer The Call (Great War posters)
December- February 2016: Maurice Orr
December: Ways of Seeing (Community based project)
- Any age
A Boy from Browndodd Hill: Rural life in 1940s County Antrim
- 15 November 2014 — 31 January 2015
This unique exhibition, based on the late Andrew W Allen’s book ‘Farming in Co Antrim before and during the Second World War’, takes a nostalgic look at a way of life that quickly vanished after the war.
Andrew spent 40 years as a teacher and later became the Historical Research Officer for Ballymena Borough Council. The exhibition features a range of objects from the museum’s collection, relating to rural life in the 1940’s.
- Any age
Early Man and Materials
Key Stage Two programme lasting 1 & 1/2 hours.
This interactive session uses museum objects, activities and role play to explore how Stone Age man (and woman) lived interdependently with his environment, used the materials available to him and adapted over time.
How to obtain
Ring Noreen on 028 2563 5925 or email noreen.mullan@ballymena.
Any session, any term, any time! This programme is available throughout the academic year.
Cost: £1.50 per pupil.
Rationing and Raids
Key Stage One, Programmes lasts 1 hour & 15 minutes
This interactive session explores the local Home Front during the Second World War. Pupils experience the sounds and emotions of the Belfast Blitz from the safety of an Anderson Shelter. As the sirens roar and the bombers fly by, pupils discuss their feelings, emotions and the practicalities of staying in teh shelter.
The secont part of the session allows pupils to explore the theme ofrationing through hands-ons activities.