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Centenary Quilt Project with Adventures Day Nusery

As part of the programme to mark 100 years of Northern Ireland Lisburn Museum is working with groups and individuals to create a quilt project, helping people to express how they feel about Northern Ireland through the medium of textiles. On the 27th October 2021 children (and adults) from Adventures Day Nursery arrived [...]

Generous donations keep the story of Hilden alive

Generous donations keep the story of Hilden alive By Ben Simon, October 2021 Heritage material The community is at the heart of the development of an interpretation strategy for the Hilden School Regeneration Project, with meetings, stakeholder events and one-to-one discussions about heritage. We are currently also inviting local [...]

Behind the scenes: education equipment maintenance

Even though our doors are closed the education team are still working away behind the scenes in Lisburn Museum. Recently we have been taking the opportunity to catch up with some routine maintenance of the equipment used in the galleries for demonstrations and workshops. The spinning wheels we work on are wooden [...]

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 at home treasure hunt

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Activity Create your own treasure hunt at home. Join us to help celebrate Flaxie's 5th birthday by having a treasure hunt at home. This fun activity will have you hunting for Flaxie in your own house, and puzzling over some challenge questions. Download the FREE printable pack HERE to get started. [...]

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Workshop – Cupcake craft

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Make it at home: Cupcake craft This year Lisburn Museum is celebrating Flaxie's 5th birthday virtually. Today we are making a decorative birthday cupcake. A limited number of support packs are available to compliment the crafts for the Flaxie Buds Bonanza. Please get in touch if [...]

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Workshop – Party Hats and crowns

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Party Hats and Crowns Join us to help celebrate Flaxie's 5th birthday by making a party hat or crown to wear This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some ideas to use. Scrap card - cereal boxes or tissue boxes work [...]

Get ready for the Flaxie Buds Bonanaza 2021

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Lisburn Museum welcomes all the Flaxie Buds and their families to join in for a VIRTUAL celebration of Flaxie's 5th birthday in 2021. There will be activities posted on the VIRTUAL MUSEUM from Saturday 27th February 2021 to get everyone in the party spirit. With party art activities, a [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop – Dancing Ghosts!

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - Dancing Ghosts Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshops...but at home!  Today's craft is making a dancing ghosts toy! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some alternatives you could use if not. Tissue paper - [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop – Paper Plate Pumpkin!

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - Paper Plate Pumpkin Today's Halloween craft involves making a paper plate pumpkin decoration! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some alternatives you could use if not. Paper Plate - Draw around a plate on to card from a cereal [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop – The Mummies Cat!

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - The Mummies Cat Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshops...but at home!  Today's craft is making The Mummies Cat, and it is inspired by the Egyptian display in Museum! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home..but if [...]

Built Heritage: Historic Wallace Park with Flaxie

Today Flaxie is…visiting Wallace Park in Lisburn. 2018 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), the famed art collector and landlord for Lisburn. Wallace park was originally named The People’s Park, but was renamed Wallace Park in 1890 after Sir Richard’s death. The duck pond, originally a reservoir, [...]

Flaxie Adventure along the Lagan: Growing Cress

Flaxie Adventure along the Lagan: Growing Cress Flaxie—'Out and About Box' exploration The Museum has a special resource for classes called the Flaxie Out and About Box.  This is a bright yellow box that groups can borrow for FREE.  Inside are lots of resources to help introduce flax and linen to Foundation-level groups. [...]

Sporty-Science Workshop: Strongman Static Challenge

Sporty-Science Workshop: Strongman Static Challenge Tests of Strength: a brief history! Lifting weights and tests of strength have a long history.  In many prehistoric tribes the traditional test of manhood was lifting a special, and very heavy, rock! These stones, some with the name of the first person to lift [...]

Online Jigsaws feat Jimmy McIlroy and Samuel Lockhart

Online Jigsaws feat Jimmy McIlroy and Samuel Lockhart Jimmy McIlroy The footballer Jimmy McIlroy lived at Ballyskeagh. At 14 he was playing for Lisburn Technical College when he was spotted and asked to play for Craigavad F.C., and later Glentoran F.C.. He moved to England to play for Burnley F.C., [...]

Worksheet: binary, handloom weaving and your very own bracelet

Traditional Industry Worksheet: Binary Binary is a way to store and read information using with only two options. A binary system is the principle behind the Jacquard loom, which revolutionised (slowly) how damask was woven on hand looms.  You can learn more about weaving and the first computers in our post  HERE.   [...]

Traditional Skill Workshop: create a woven swatch of fabric at home

Traditional Industry Workshop: create a fabric swatch at home. Did you know that before Lisburn became famous for Irish Linen, the knowledge of spinning, weaving and dyeing had to travel from Ancient Egypt and across Europe to reach Ireand?  Great empires like the Phoenician Empire, Greek Empire and Roman Empire spread the [...]

Foundation Topic – Weather Matching Exercise

In this FREE downloadable resource, you can take part in one of our weather-matching exercises.  These are hugely-popular workshops with our Foundation-Level visitors. This matching exercise can help with different aspects of learning. Communication, Language and literacy. Knowledge and understanding of the world. Mathematical and Development. Physical development. Print and cut out all the images [...]

Science: Victorian Inventions to try at home – make a string telephone!

Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890), Lisburn’s landlord,  lived through the Victorian era, a period of great invention and innovation.  One of the most popular themes iour annual science programme is our Victorian Inventions workshop.  If you would like a taster of the Victorian Inventions workshop, which includes a quiz and two [...]

Science: make slime at home! Tremendous transformations!

In 2017 the theme for the British Engineering and Science Week was ‘CHANGE’, and in the Museum our science programme reflected this.  Through the theme of  TRANSFORMATIONS we looked at human, and non-human, changes in nature.  If you would like a taster of the Tremendous Transformations Workshop, then download our [...]

Science: An acid and base experiment to try in your kitchen

Did you know that Lisburn Museum runs science workshops throughout the year? You can try many of these at home!  We call this ‘kitchen science’, as you can find many of the items you need in your food cupboard. Did you know that you can make a a dramatic chemical [...]

Ancient Egypt Topic – Create Your Own Cartouche

Museum Staff regularly run Ancient Egyptian workshops.  Students learn about life in Ancient Egypt and why the Irish Linen Centre has a special artifact from the Tomb of Tutankhamen.  The Ancient Egyptians wrote with an alphapbet called hieroglyphs. When they wrote a name they made an oval name plate known as a cartouche. You can [...]

Ancient Egypt Topic – Create a Canopic Jar from Modelling Clay

Museum Staff regularly run Ancient Egyptian workshops.  Students learn about life in Ancient Egypt and why the Irish Linen Centre has a special artifact from the Tomb of Tutankhamen.  Did you know that Linen dates back to (at least) Ancient Egypt?  They wrapped mummified bodies in bandages made from linen. One of our most [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Easter Workshop – Bug (Entomological) Art!

Video: Flaxie Buds Easter Workshop - Entomological Art Join us for on eof our popular Flaxie Buds Easter Workshops...but at home!  Today's craft is based on a popular Victorian hobby...collecting bugs!  The study of bugs was known as ENTOMOLOGY.  Download the FREE tutorial here to get started! Download the tutorial, send it to [...]

The Irish Linen Centre Growing Links with Suffolk Cross Community Group

  The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is delighted to be involved with the Suffolk Cross Community Group's project of rediscovering a shared heritage. ‘Rediscovering Linenopolis: West Belfast’s Shared Heritage’ is in partnership with the Half Moon Lake, Grosvenor and the Plough Men’s Sheds together with Springfield Healthy Living Centre.  After visiting the award [...]

Helen C. Jones, Reserach Librarian at The Wallace Collection, concludes our programme of events celebrating Sir Richard Wallace’s bicentenary

Thursday 11th April 2019 7pm - 9pm The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is pleased to present Helen C. Jones, Research Librarian at The Wallace Collection. Helen concludes our programme of events celebrating Sir Richard Wallace's bicentenary with her talk: "The great, the good and the interesting: a snapshot of late Victorian society uncovered [...]

New performance by Philip Orr marking the end of the Great War in Lisburn

  New performance by Philip Orr marking the end of the Great War in Lisburn The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum has commissioned a performance by historian and playwright Philip Orr to mark Armistice, the end of the Great War (1914-18).  The premiere of the work will take place on 1st December 2018 at [...]

Musical Christmas Cracker at Lisburn Museum

Musical Christmas Cracker at Lisburn Museum Music and Festive Food at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum will host a musical Christmas extravaganza on 15th December 2018.  The evening will feature festive music from award-winning brass band Dynamic Brass, local author and rising literary star [...]

Northern Ireland’s textile past, present and future: reviving the William Liddell Collection

The recent opening of two new exhibitions in The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum have been featured on Ulster University "The Shuttle & Shafts exhibition is a result of a two-year project funded by the National Lottery via the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by Senior Research Fellow Trish Belford of Ulster University to [...]

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