Wednesday 4 December 2013

Lord Morpeth's Roll arrives in Belfast

The Morpeth Roll, the 1841 document holding some 160,000 signatures gathered from across the island, will go on display in Belfast tomorrow.

Before the exhibition opens, a symposium will be held in the Canada Room from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. The formal launch of the exhibition will then be held, at 4:30pm, in the Naughton Gallery, Lanyon Building, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN.

All are welcome to attend, and the events are free.

On display until 24 January 2014, the exhibition is hosted by Special Collections and Archives and the School of History and Anthropology in association with the Naughton Gallery. The Symposium is in association with the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.

The Morpeth Roll can be searched on Ancestry. The index is free to search, but you need a subscription to view the images. Ronald Reagan's ancestors were recently discovered among the signatures. Other famous connections to the Roll include the British Royal Family, and the Guinness and Beamish families.