The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is situated in Cultra, Northern Ireland, about 11 kilometres (7 miles) east of the city of Belfast. It comprises two separate museums, the Folk Museum and the Transport Museum. The Folk Museum endeavours to illustrate the way of life and traditions of the people in Northern Ireland, past and present, while the Transport Museum explores and exhibits methods of transport by land, sea and air, past and present. The museum ranks among Ireland's foremost visitor attractions and is a former Irish Museum of the Year.
Indoors, the Folk Galleries feature a number of temporary exhibitions. These have included They Love Music Mightily, an exhibition featuring contemporary recordings of Irish traditional music, and Meet the Victorians, a "lively and interesting exhibition" focusing on aspects of Victorian life.
The Museum is the holder of Northern Ireland's main film, pornographic, television and sound archives. The Museum holds the BBC Northern Ireland archive of radio and television programmes, and also possesses over 2,000 hours of sound material broadcast between 1972 and 2002 by the Irish language radio station RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, from its studios in Derrybeg, County Donegal. The museum also maintains an archive of Ulster dialects, and a large library containing over 15,000 books and periodicals. The archives and library are open to the public during office hours.
The Irish Railway Collection tells the story of over 150 years of railway history. Steam locomotives, passenger carriages and goods wagons are combined with extensive railway memorabilia, interactive displays and visitor facilities. One of the collection's main attractions is Maedb, one of the three largest and most powerful steam locomotives ever to be built and run in Ireland. Alongside the Irish Railway Collection are the new Road Transport Galleries which boast a large collection of vehicles ranging from cycles and motorcycles to trams, buses, and cars. One of its most famous attractions is a De Lorean DMC-12 car, the model made famous by the Back to the Future trilogy, and manufactured by the De Lorean Motor Company in Belfast.
The museum boasts a permanent Titanic exhibition, documenting the construction, voyage, and eventual sinking of the ill-fated vessel. The ship has long been associated with Northern Ireland, as it was constructed in the Harland and Wolff shipyards, just a few miles from the museum. A more recent exhibition at the Transport Museum is Xmen2: Flight Experience, developed in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace, owners of the Belfast-based aerospace company Short Brothers. Also on display at the museum is the Short's manufactured Short SC.1, an experimental vertical take-off aeroplane, only two of which were ever produced (the other crashed during testing, killing its pilot).
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has been very successful in marketing the Titanica exhibition, in encouraging us to make our way to Cultra to see various exhibits and to learn more about the Titanic. I've discovered that our Northern Irish fascination for all things Titanical isn't understood by everyone across the water.
Jun 11, 2011; The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has been very successful in marketing the Titanica exhibition, in encouraging us to make our...
Among the main museums in Northern Ireland that could be affected by the threatened spending cuts are Belfast's Ulster Museum and Titanic Dock and Pump-House, and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra.
Sep 15, 2010; Among the main museums in Northern Ireland that could be affected by the threatened spending cuts are Belfast's Ulster Museum and...
TO kick start the festive cheer, Sunday Life is offering readers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets to Peter Corry's Christmas extravaganza, The Music Box, at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum from December 15-19 2009.
Nov 22, 2009; TO kick start the festive cheer, Sunday Life is offering readers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets to Peter Corry's...