Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Battle of Messines Memorial Exhibition: ‘Assembly – Memorial Chairs’

25 April 2017 | Pamela Linden

‘Assembly – Memorial Chairs’, by kind permission of PRONI

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is delighted to display an art installation entitled ‘Assembly – Memorial Chairs’ by Derbyshire Artist, Val Carman. This exhibition will be on display during PRONI’s normal opening hours from 30 May 1.00 pm until 9 June 2017 at 1.00 pm.

Assembly Memorial Chairs

The five chairs are from Passendaele St Audomarus Church and will be accompanied by a beautifully constructed register of c.173,000 names of those from the UK and Ireland who lost their lives during the First World War in Belgium.

Each of the five chairs represents the casualties of one year of the war, 1914-18 (which is shown in small lead numbers on each of the chairs).

ASSEMBLY -BookThe accompanying book includes names printed on the left hand side of the book, leaving blank pages on the right hand side for visitors to write their own testimony or personal story. Any story or local reference about WW1 can be added to the book, and this special social history will then become part of the exhibits at In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres Belgium, when it returns there in 2018. Photocopies of images and letters are also welcome.


This exhibition is travelling the UK and Ireland until 2018 and this will be the only opportunity to view it in Northern Ireland.

We would encourage any groups interested in the First World War, particularly local schools and community organisations to contact us in advance to arrange a visit of the installation and an accompanying tour of PRONI.

This display has been organised in conjunction with the In Flanders Fields Museum.