A NEW visitor exhibition charting the history of Belfast from its founding to the present day will be unveiled to the public next week.

The permanent exhibition, which will open on Tuesday, is housed in the east wing of the city hall.

It is the result of a 'Memorabilia Project' agreed by Belfast City Council in 2015 to make use of the building's space and offer a "balanced reflection" of the city's past.

Visitors will be able to explore 16 rooms filled with images and artefacts that cover the beginnings of Belfast as a medieval hamlet at the mouth of the Farset River, to becoming an industrial powerhouse of the Victorian era.

Belfast City Hall