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Visit the Somme Heritage Centre



The Somme Heritage Centre opened in 1994 as an educational facility and tourist attraction. It examines Ireland’s role in the Great War with special reference to local cross-community involvement in the three volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions, and the 36th (Ulster) Division. Since 2000 the Museum's remit has expanded into World War Two and other modern international conflicts. The Museum has increasingly focused upon the community relations potential of this shared history as a vehicle to further cross-community and cross-border contact, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

The Museum has an extensive collection of material from the Great War period and in the last number of years a growing collection from World War Two including a large oral history archive has been catalogued. In 2002 it became a fully registered, independent museum.