Published Saturday, 01 March 2014
Police have appealed for information. (© UTV)
A number of historical UVF items and Home Rule pieces from the early 20th Century were stolen in the theft from the Somme Heritage Centre on the Bangor Road in Newtownards.
The incident happened before midday on Saturday.
Carol Walker, director of the Somme Association told UTV the items were both very rare and irreplaceable.
She said: "The items were all relating to the museum's collection of Ulster Volunteer Force memorabilia from 1913 and also items relating to the Home Rule crisis and the Ulster Covenant of 1912/13.
"So a very rich part of Ulster's history was stolen."
It is believed those who took the items may have been part of a group taking a tour of the centre and that a black car involved in the incident was seen making off from the scene.
© UTV News