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April 30, 2017

The 'Wittenberg Door Puzzle' is taking shape!

Peter has managed to cut out all of the interlocking tiles, smoothed them so that they move around the board – and now some paint is going on to represent Luther's face.

The final addition will be Luther's introductory line t...

April 29, 2017

Dr Paisley is remembered for his jocular references to "Mr and Mrs Wood and Timothy Timber." Our freshly stained reel drums could very easily masquerade as the Wood couple; however, I'm not convinced that the Press should be called "Timothy." It's much more of a Johann...

April 28, 2017

One piece is missing from our 'slider puzzle.' This, of course, is by intention – otherwise this item wouldn't work.

It has been a painstaking job to prepare these tiles in tongue and groove fashion so that they will replicate the old hand-held puzzles that featured sli...

April 27, 2017

Wanted! Two budding monks to 'test drive' part of our (limited) wardrobe in the Reformation Room.

Thanks to the efforts of Majorie Stitt, a couple of rustic robes for Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon are now ready for 'Opening Day.'

Naturally, we're not encouraging...

April 26, 2017

This was the seal that was designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John Frederick of Saxony in 1530, while Luther was staying at the Coburg Fortress during the Diet of Auguburg. 

Lazarus Spengler sent Luther a drawing of this seal. 

Luther saw it as a compendium or e...

April 25, 2017

As well you know if you've ever handled one of these items, the Fly Press didn't leap anywhere ... .

It was gently eased into the lift at Martyrs and brought out onto the landing on the first floor of the Jubilee Complex.

It is now almost functional – all that needs to...

April 24, 2017

With little more than a week to go to 'Opening Night,' the activity on our Reformation project – which has been intensive for months now – stepped up a further gear this morning.

• Further work was done on the 'Gutenberg Press,' with the attachment of a rotary arm...

April 23, 2017

Three of the many key Reformation figures whose busts are on display in the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, Belfast, are:

John Wycliffe – 1300s (England)

John Hus – 1400s (Bohemia / Czech Republic)

Martin Luther – 1500s (Germany)

These three men spearhea...