Orange Order Arches

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Exploring Northern Ireland's unionist cultural heritage through a photo series showcasing Orange Order arches, erected annually in July to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

The photographs reflect on the symbolic significance of the arches and the various components of which they are made. King William III Prince of Orange is usually a central depiction, as is the open bible, representing the Orange Order’s links to faith and the crown representing loyal to and the continuation of the British monarchy.

Arches are erected on private property, generally in the grounds of Orange halls. They are also occasionally erected across roads in towns and villages. The latter practice has dwindled during the past decades and creating a documentary record of the remaining arches is therefore an act of preservation and recording of cultural history.
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