Exhibitions at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

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 [...]

The Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition: the life and legacy of a philanthropist, art collector and landlord

The Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition: the life and legacy of a philanthropist, art collector and landlord Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum’s major new exhibition (opening 21 May 2018) tells the story of the famed philanthropist, art collector and landlord, and his lasting [...]

Lisburn and the First World War, the Complete Story – Exhibition

Lisburn and the First World War, the Complete Story - Exhibition 'Lisburn and the First World War, the Complete Story' is a major exhibition in four parts, examining Lisburn and district from the outbreak of the Home Rule Crisis in 1912, through WWI (1914-18), to the post-war period, when Northern Ireland emerged as a new [...]

‘Lisburn 1918-23, Community Conflict and Commemoration after the Great War’ Exhibition

‘Lisburn 1918-23, Community Conflict and Commemoration after the Great War’ Exhibition ‘Lisburn 1918-23, Community Conflict and Commemoration after the Great War’ is a new exhibition detailing the events in Lisburn from the immediate aftermath of the Great War (1914-18) to the 1920 ‘Swanzy Riots’, through to the unveiling of the town’s war memorial in 1923. [...]

Exhibition: Dennis H Osborne Artist – An Appreciation

Exhibition: Dennis H Osborne Artist - An Appreciation The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum’s new exhibition: Dennis H Osborne (1919-2016) Artist: An Appreciation features over 30 paintings and sketches from both the museum’s extensive Osborne collection, and a number of generous private donors and collections.  A resident of Lisburn for over 20 years, Osborne [...]

Exhibition: The Somme, Our Story, 1916

The Somme, Our Story, 1916 To mark the Centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum presents its new major exhibition: The Somme, Our Story, 1916. Packed with letters, photographs, original artefacts, documents and archival footage, the exhibition offers up a social history of the [...]

Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Exhibition

Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday Exhibition Our new exhibition - titled: Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday Exhibition - will open in the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum on Monday 25 April, and will look back at the Queen’s 90 years.  This will include displays of royal memorabilia, images and literature relating to royal visits to Lisburn [...]

Rising Voices: Lisburn at Easter 1916; New Exhibition Exploring the Easter Rising and an Ulster Town

Rising Voices: Lisburn at Easter 1916 New Exhibition On March 24th 2016 the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum opened 'Rising Voices: Lisburn at Easter 1916', a new exhibition exploring the Easter Rising and Lisburn, through the story of individuals associated with the town. When the Rising broke out in April 1916 Lisburn,  like many towns in Ulster, [...]

Answer the Call – Recruitment Posters from the Great War – Exhibition

Answer the Call - Recruitment Posters from the Great War - New Temporary Exhibition Running from December 8th 2015 to January 23rd 2016, this exhibition explores recruitment posters from the Great War, and taken from the Ulster Museum's collection. The Ulster Museum described it as a: powerful selection of First World War posters illustrating various [...]

Exhibition: Market Square Through Time – a History of Market Square Lisburn

Market Square Through Time Explore over 400 years of history of Market Square in the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum's new exhibition: 'Market Square through time'. This fantastic collection of past and present photographs, watercolours, cartoons and objects tells the square's rich history, while exploring the lives of the people who lived and worked [...]

Exhibition Launch: Loose Thread Quilters – October 2015

On 2nd October 2015 the museum launched its latest exhibition, 'Tale of the Threads' by the Loose Thread Quilters.  Loose Thread Quilters is a small group of active quilt makers drawn from all over Northern Ireland.  For over 20 years the group has promoted the practice and art of patchwork, appliqué and quilting to traditional [...]

New Exhibition: Linen Futures (19th-31st August 2015)

This collaborative exhibition celebrates craft and design practice based on the past, current and future landscape of Irish linen. Ten local textile-oriented practitioners and ten Celtic neighbours in Wales embraced past heritage and modern style, developing novel techniques and customization including felt making, embroidery, natural dying and digital finishes. Linen Futures aims to communicate the [...]

The Boyne: 325 Year Anniversary (New Exhibition for Summer 2015)

The Boyne: 325 Year Anniversary This summer the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is marking the 325th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne with a new exhibition including highlights from its collection. Through objects, text, maps and pictures the display tells the story of William III’s victory over James II on the banks [...]

Waterloo: 200 Years Display (June 18th-September 2015)

On June 18th the museum is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo by mounting a small display highlighting the events, personalities and local stories attached to this hugely significant event.  Did you know, for example, that Arthur Hill, the son of the 2nd Marquess of Downshire (1753-1801), the major landowner in Hillsborough [...]

Exhibition: Visit ‘Lisburn, 1912-1914’ (Now updated to include the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915)

Exhibition: Visit 'Lisburn, 1912-1914' The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Lisburn, 1912-1914’, explores the people and the place from the early 1900s to the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. Through objects, images and text, the exhibition charts life in the town in the Edwardian era and reaction [...]

Exhibition (April 2015) – The ‘dreaded peninsula’: Lisburn and district men at Gallipoli, 1915

Exhibition (April 2015) - The ‘dreaded peninsula’ April 25th (Anzac Day), marks the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, a series of disastrous allied landings in, what is now, modern-day Turkey during the First World War (1914-1918). Turkey’s entry into the war had cut off the supply route between Britain and France and their ally Russia [...]

Exhibition: ‘A Gift to the people of Lisburn: 130 years of Wallace Park’

A Gift to the People of Lisburn: 130 Years of Wallace Park   Gifted to Lisburn by its landlord Sir Richard Wallace in 1884 as ‘a public park and recreation ground’, the grounds that make up today’s Wallace Park have a rich history that can be traced back to the 17th century. The duck pond, [...]

Basil Blackshaw: Pictures from the Museum’s collections – FREE Exhibition – Oct 22nd to Nov 7th

Basil Blackshaw was born in Glengormley, County Antrim in 1932, and brought up in Boardmills near Lisburn. Educated at Methodist College Belfast, at 16 he enrolled in the Belfast College of Art (1948-51) and was awarded a CEMA scholarship to study in Paris.   Noted for his early expressionist approach, Blackshaw’s themes have included local [...]

‘Making of a Town’: 17th-Century Lisburn

'Making of a Town': 17th-Century Lisburn ‘Making of a Town: 17th Century Lisburn’ tells the story of the foundation and early history of Lisnagarvey (Lisburn). Under the stewardship of the Conway family, and their agent George Rawdon, the ‘wild and barbarous’ land of Killultagh (south Antrim) was transformed, and the town of Lisnagarvey was established. [...]

New Exhibition: ‘Lisburn, 1912-1914’

New Exhibition: 'Lisburn, 1912-1914' Visit ‘Lisburn, 1912-1914’, and explore the people and the places in the crisis years leading up to the outbreak of the Great War. Through re-created historic scenes, artefacts, audio visuals and text see how local suffragettes tried to bomb Lisburn Cathedral in their passionate campaign for ‘Votes for women’, and how [...]