Battle of the Boyne Heritage Centre
The heritage centre itself makes a fascinating museum study and is excellent to visit- Although a bit chilly in late December! Resources and a further article will be published on this site upon my return to Australia (see under 'More' on the main title) but for now, a small breakdown of the heritage centre.
The museum uses multiple medias in order to get its message across in a manner which is rather neutral, given the political hot potato the battle has become. These include:
- A digital, light up map indicating the movements of both William and James' troops around the battle site. This is supported by three large screens detailed a recreation and description of the battle that demonstrates the movement of the lights on the map. Each side is clearly marked and landmarks are easy to distinguish.
- Mannequins clothed in recreationist costumes, very detailed. The highlight of these was the scenes of the men in their military tents planning the battle- again supported by screens with recreations of the events.
- Large and beautifully done wall murals, using both historical quotes, images (from the only battlefield artist present- long before the famed journalists of World War One- The no doubt rather shocked but artistically skilled Dirk Maas.
- An outside area with replicas of the weapons used at the battle- including a mapped description of each. The detail on these was outstanding.
- Original artefacts- of particular note was the Elizabeth I bronze English Falcon cannon.
- Wooden huts demonstrating the location of the nearby village
- Information panels in both Gaelic and English
- Multiple panels, especially in the last room of the museum, which is designed as a 'round room'- They indicate the short and long term impacts of the battle- all the way up to Paisley and Ahern acknowledging (together!) the significance of the battle to Irish History.