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Do you want a career in Museums? Trainee opportunity available – Museum Futures

Are you aged 18-24?  Do you have less than six months experience working in a museum setting? As part of the Museum Futures project the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is offering a year-long placement working on a number of digital projects.  As part of the project trainees will receive a tax-free £13,350 bursary, [...]

2019 Autumn Programme feat. Kate Adie, Donna Gilligan, Eamon Phoenix, Brenda Collins and Ruairí Ó Baoill

Welcome to the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum’s 2019 Autumn Events Programme. The Museum presents its sixth annual Autumn Events Programme. Featuring talks, exhibitions, community engagement projects, workshops and film screenings, the programme has something for visitors of all ages.  This year we feature: Kate Adie, Donna Gilligan, Eamon Phoenix, Brenda Collins and Ruairí [...]

Moira Demesne – Community Archaeology Project

Moira Demesne Community Archaeology The hot weather in summer 2018 revealed the possible remains of Moira Castle.  In March 2019 the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, partnered with the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) at Queen's University Belfast to conduct a geophysical survey of the site, with [...]

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 guide to the historic monuments of Lisburn Cathedral launched

  Pictured here beside the monument for Brigadier-General John Nicholson at the recent launch at Lisburn Cathedral are, from left to right, Dean Sam Wright, Ciaran Toal from Lisburn Museum, Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of the Council`s Leisure & Community Development Committee, and one of the authors of the guide Gordon Galloway.   [...]

Our most successful Autumn Programme to date!

A huge thank you to our visitors for their support - this has been our most successful Autumn Events Programme to date! About the Programme The museum launched its fifth annual events programme in September 2018.  The programme marked a number of significant anniversaries, including the end of the Great War and the granting of [...]

Sir Richard Wallace’s Legacy Recognised with Presentation and Lecture at Lisburn Museum

Sir Richard Wallace’s Legacy Recognised with Presentation and Lecture at Lisburn Museum Suzanne Higgott speaking in the Assembly Room, Lisburn Museum Suzanne Higgott, a curator at the Wallace Collection, spoke to a packed house on the life and work of Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90) at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum on [...]

History of the local ‘votes for women’ campaign explored in a talk at the Museum

History of the local ‘votes for women’ campaign explored in a talk at the Museum Almost 100 people attended a talk on the history of women’s suffrage in Lisburn and the life of local suffragette Lilian Metge at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum on Wednesday 21st November 2018.  The talk was part of [...]

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 [...]

New exhibition marks the centenary of ‘votes for women’

A new exhibition exploring the role of women during and after the Great War (1914-18) has opened at the museum.  ‘A voice of her own.  A woman’s place after the Great War’ is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 9.30am -5.00pm, entry is free.  The display includes the museum’s most recent acquisition, a rare [...]

Rare Hunger Strike medal belonging to local suffragette goes on display

Mrs Metge The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum has acquired a rare medal awarded to local suffragette Lillian Metge.  The medal was presented to Mrs Metge in recognition of a hunger strike she undertook in August 1914 while on trial for her alleged role in blowing up the east window of Lisburn [...]

An Empty Chair to Symbolise Lost Lives in the Great War

On behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum will mark Ireland’s contribution to the Great War by collaborating in a special project with In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium.  The museum was specially invited to donate a chair from its collection to sit alongside chairs from 120 other [...]

Flaxie Summer Workshops 2018

Flaxie Summer Workshops 2018 Our FREE popular summer workshops will start on Monday 16th July and will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (finishing on Wednesday 22nd August). Workshops are one hour long from 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm. Booking is essential, please contact museum reception on 028 9266 3377 or ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk Workshops will change daily and [...]

Sir Richard Wallace’s Lisburn legacy is explored in a major new exhibition

Museum Service manager Paul Allison (left) showing Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Uel Mackin, and Alderman Paul Porter (right), Chairman of Leisure & Community Development Committee, around the museum’s new Sir Richard Wallace exhibition. The ‘Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition: the life and legacy of a philanthropist, art collector and landlord’, was officially [...]

The Sir Richard Wallace Bicentenary Family Event – Detailed Programme

  Sir Richard Wallace Bicentenary FAMILY EVENT Wallace PARK, Lisburn 23 June 2018 • 11AM-2PM Seymour Marquee A cornucopia of crafts, art and artistry! An opportunity to view the work of handcrafters, browse a little and perhaps purchase a unique hand-crafted gift. A chance to support local arts and crafts. Conway Marquee Free drop-in activities [...]

Episode of Britain’s Most Historic Town – Victorian Belfast 12th May – Channel 4

Episode of Britain's Most Historic Town - Victorian Belfast 12th May - Channel 4   On Friday 11th August 2017 the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum had the pleasure of hosting Professor Alice Roberts and her film crew. Working on a programme relating to Victorian industry, Professor Roberts tried her hand at spinning [...]

Wallace Bicentenary: Stall Holder Expression of Interest

Wallace Bicentenary Family Event, Wallace Park, Saturday 23 June 2018 11am-2pm Stall Holder Expression of Interest Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council are celebrating Sir Richard Wallace’s Bicentenary with a family friendly event in the Wallace Park on Saturday 23rd June 2018: 11am – 2pm. Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council welcomes stall holders who are interested [...]

The Digital Wallace: 3D Printing, 3D Scanning and AR Project

Digital Wallace: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and AR Project Are you aged 16-25?  If so then you’re invited to get hands on with a range of digital tools, including 3D printing, 3D scanning, Augmented Reality (AR) and laser cutting in an exciting new digital heritage project, in conjunction with the Nerve [...]

Museum projects featured in the CRC’s new Decades of Centenaries Toolkit

Museum projects featured in the CRC's new Decades of Centenaries Toolkit Three of the museum's projects are featured in the Community Relation Council’s (CRC) 2017 Updated Decade of Anniversaries Toolkit.  This toolkit is a 2017 update of the Decade of Anniversaries Toolkit first published in 2014. Since then, the practice around acknowledging Decade of Centenaries [...]

Decade of Centenaries Community Engagement and Tonagh Ladies’ Book Launch

Decade of Centenaries Community Engagement and Tonagh Ladies’ Book Launch Four years ago the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum was offered the opportunity for some community engagement funding from the Northern Ireland Museums Council.  Since then, the museum has welcomed new audiences to its exhibitions, talks and special events, especially those linked to the [...]

‘Nurses from WW1’ a new publication featuring the museum’s collections

‘Nurses from WW1’ a new publication featuring the museum's collections ‘Nurses from WW1’ a new publication featuring the museum's collections has been published by the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland.  The book features the story of Nurse Margaret (Hessie) Johnston from Ballinderry, Lisburn.  She joined the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service (R) and [...]

Lisburn Suffragette story featured in a new NIMC book about ‘protest’ in Ulster

Lisburn Suffragette story featured in a new NIMC  book about ‘protest’ in Ulster A shard of glass from the window of Lisburn Cathedral, blown up by suffragettes in August 1st 1914 features in a new book from the Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC). In the book, titled ‘'Protest: A Collection from Local Museums in Northern [...]

New Reformation Exhibition Opens at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

New Reformation Exhibition Opens at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum The new exhibition entitled ‘Reformation 500: the Reformation in Europe, and its Local Legacy’ was officially opened at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum by Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee. This free exhibition marks the [...]

The Follies Trust Lecture at Lisburn Museum Thursday 26th October featuring Dr Edward McParland

The Follies Trust Lecture in Lisburn Museum Thursday 26th October 2017 7.30pm ‘In praise of Follies’ An appreciation of Irish Follies By Dr Edward McParland Fellow and Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Ireland’s leading architectural historian, noted author and brilliant lecturer in an event organised by the Follies Trust [...]

Lisburn Historical Society Talks Programme 2017/2018

Lisburn Historical Society Talks Programme 2017/2018 Lisburn Historical Society was founded in 1967 for charitable purposes, in particular to promote the advancement of education by the study of local history in the Lisburn area. The Society is a voluntary organisation, and meetings are held in Lisburn Museum at 19.30 on the first Wednesday of each [...]

Peace IV Progamme Launch 14th September 2017 – Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Peace IV Progamme Launch 14th September 2017 - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council LISBURN & CASTLEREAGH COMMUNITIES INVITED TO BENEFIT FROM £2.3 MILLION EUROPEAN PEACE IV FUNDING. The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Peace IV Partnership is delighted to invite communities, groups and individuals from the Lisburn Castlereagh area to register for the launch event [...]

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’ exhibition opens at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

 ‘Lisburn 1918-23’ exhibition opens at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum A major new exhibition detailing the events in Lisburn from Armistice (1918) to the unveiling of the town’s war memorial in 1923 opened at the museum on June 26th 2017.  The display includes rare and unusual material relating to the August 1920 ‘Swanzy [...]

Flaxie Summer Workshops 2017

Flaxie Summer Workshops 2017 Our popular summer workshops start on Monday 17th July 2017! They run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 16th August.  Morning sessions start at 11am-12.30 and afternoon session 2pm-3.30pm.  All ages are welcome but please note places must be booked in advance, contact museum reception to book your place: 028 9266 [...]

BBC Ulster’s Songs of Ulster  – The Wee Weaver, a collaboration 

BBC Ulster's Songs of Ulster  - The Wee Weaver, a collaboration In June 2017  BBC Ulster's 'Songs of Ulster', with presenter Marty Cullen,  travelled to the glens of Antrim to hear emerging traditional singers chant the songs of their locality, including 'The Wee Weaver' by Meabh Meir which was recorded here in Irish Linen Centre [...]

‘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. [...]

The world of fashion is brought to your fingertips in a new virtual exhibition by Google and the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

The world of fashion is brought to your fingertips in a new virtual exhibition by Google and the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum 3000 years of the world’s fashion is brought together in the largest virtual exhibition of style. The “We wear culture” project by Google Arts & Culture is a collaboration with the [...]

New website commemorating Lisburn and District’s First World War Dead

New website commemorating Lisburn and District’s First World War Dead In marking the ongoing centenary of the Great War (1914-18) the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, in conjunction with local researcher Pat Geary, have launched a free dedicated website (www.Lisburn-and-the-great-war.com) detailing the men from Lisburn and the wider district (from Aghalee to Dunmurry, Hillsborough [...]

*Guest Post* The Lisburn Temperance Institute, Railway Street

*Guest Post* The Lisburn Temperance Institute, Railway Street This post was written by Faoiltiarna, a visting Sixth Form student. On the 21st of February 1887, the Lisburn Temperance Union was formed. This Union was Chaired by Sir J.N. Richardson who was both a Quaker and a well-known Linen manufacturer. The Lisburn Temperance Union was set up with three main [...]

Reporting the 1917 Russian Revolution in Lisburn (Guest Post)

Lisburn - Reporting the 1917 Russian Revolution During the First World War, The Lisburn Standard was issued every Friday evening. Every issue contained notices, advertisements for everything from flax seed to dentistry, extracts of 'Records from Old Lisburn', a chapter or two from their latest story, and, most importantly, a section on the news of [...]

Playful Museums Festival + Family Fun Day – February 2017

Playful Museums is a Northern Ireland Museum's Council initiative designed to develop programmes aimed at under-fives and helping to make museums fun and educational for all.  In February the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is running a FREE Playful Museums Festival + Family Fun Day. Playful Museums Festival From Monday 20th February to Friday [...]

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 [...]

Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and the First World War

Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and the First World War In preparing for the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum’s major exhibition ‘The Somme, Our Story’ (opened July 2016), the museum has been conducting research into the men who played for, or had close connections to, Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and the First World War (1914-18). To date, [...]

Nelson Russell, Lisburn’s First Winner of the Military Cross.

One hundred years ago this month, the inhabitants of Lisburn hosted a civic reception to honour local-man Nelson Russell (1897-1971), the winner of the town’s first M.C.. Russell, who grew up in Clonevin Park and attended Friends’ School, was awarded the honour for leading a ‘daring’ daylight raid on German trenches in April 1916 while [...]

Harry Ferguson’s Great Flying Challenge on BBC featuring Lisburn Museum

'The Great Flying Challenge' BBC One Northern Ireland's new show, 'The Great Flying Challenge', follows Dick Strawbridge as he attempts to re-create local man Harry Ferguson's monoplane. The Ferguson monoplane was the first Irish heavier-than-air craft to fly. The monoplane was designed by Harry, and built in Belfast.  He made his first flight in December 1909. The [...]

Lisburn’s Lost on the Lusitania: the case of Christopher Evans McConkey (Guest Post)

Lisburn’s Lost on the Lusitania: the case of Christopher Evans McConkey A guest by local researcher Pat Geary, author of the Friends' School Lisburn WWI database. Born in Hillsbrough, Co. Down on the 7 August 1853 Christopher Evans McConkey was the son of John and Bessie and grandson of Edward and Elizabeth McConkey. The family, [...]

2016 Autumn Talks Programme featuring Eamon Phoenix, Donal McAnallen, Lar Joye, Jason Burke, Tom Hartley, Marja Almqvist, Fearghal McGarry and Pat Geary, Sept-Oct

2016 Autumn Talks Programme featuring Eamon Phoenix, Donal McAnallen, Lar Joye, Jason Burke, Tom Hartley, Marja Almqvist, Fearghal McGarry and Pat Geary, Sept-Oct All talks are FREE. To book, or for more information, visit www.lisburnmuseum.com email: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or tel: 02892663377. Note: Jason Burke is unable to attend, and Philip Orr will now facilitate [...]

Lisnagarvey Hockey, the Olympic Games, and Lisburn’s first Olympian?

Lisnagarvey Hockey, the Olympic Games, and Lisburn's first Olympian? In August 2016 the Olympics Games will take place in Rio, Brazil, and for the first time in 108 years the Irish Hockey Team will contest the finals (although men from Northern Ireland will compete with both Ireland and Great Britain hockey teams).  In the same year that [...]

Summer Archaeology Dig 2016 at Hillsborough Castle

Summer Archaeology Dig 2016 at  Hillsborough Castle   This summer we need your help to discover what’s underneath the gardens and add to Hillsborough Castle’s collections, stories and history. With expert archaeologists on hand to lead the dig, we need you to be part of the team and unearth the hidden secrets. Old maps suggest [...]

‘THE SOMME, OUR STORY’ EXHIBITION, July 2016 *Official Press Release*

'THE SOMME, OUR STORY' EXHIBITION, July 2016 *Official Press Release* Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has opened a new public exhibition ‘The Somme, Our Story’ in the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE, the Mayoress, Rosalind Bloomfield and Councillor [...]

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 [...]

The Tricolour That Flew Over the GPO: the Story of Sgt Davis (Lisburn) 1916

The Tricolour That Flew Over the GPO: the Story of Sgt Davis (Lisburn) 1916 With the surrender of the Easter Rising rebels on Friday April 28th 1916, and the re-capture of the GPO, a party of local soldiers, who had helped quell the Rising, returned home.  Given a ‘great reception’ at Lisburn Railway Station, 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 [...]

Circuit of Ireland Rally Winners 2016 receive Lisburn Linen

Circuit of Ireland Rally Winners 2016 receive Irish Linen There was Lisburn Linen For the Circuit of Ireland Rally Winners 2016!  Following the successful launch of this year's Circuit of Ireland Rally in Lisburn, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Thomas Beckett presented Craig Breen from Waterford and his co-driver Scott Martin - winners [...]

Lisburn and the Circuit of Ireland: The Town’s First Winner Wilbur Todd 1953

Lisburn and the Circuit of Ireland *For event details on Lisburn and the Circuit of Ireland 2016 see the bottom of this post.  Beginning in 1931 the Circuit of Ireland, first known as the Ulster Motor Rally, became the Circuit of Ireland Trial in 1936, and finally the Circuit of Ireland Rally in 1956.  At its [...]

Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station 80 Year Anniversary (BBC) Collections

Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station 80 Year Anniversary This year we are celebrating the Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station 80 Year Anniversary. Located in the civil parish of Blaris , the tower is actually situated in the townland of Magherageery, and not Lisnagarvey.  The townland of Lisnagarvey, which Lisburn derives its name from,  is actually in the centre of Lisburn city.   [...]

‘Thundery Showers, County Down’ by Terence Philip Flanagan

'Thundery Showers, County Down' by Terence Philip Flanagan As featured on ArtUk's website,  'Thundery Showers, County Down' by Terence Philip Flanagan (1929–2011) is held in the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum's collection. Painted in 1965, this oil on canvas was gifted to the museum on 1996. T. P. Flanagan T. P. Flanagan is considered [...]

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, [...]

Temporary Museum Closure: March 7th-11th 2016

Temporary Museum Closure: March 7th-11th 2016 Due to essential maintenance, the museum will be closed from March 7th to March 11th inclusive.  We apologise for any inconvenience. Staff can be still be contacted here. Next week On Tuesday 8th March you can enjoy live spinning and weaving demonstration and discuss the history of Ireland’s most important industry at [...]

History of Irish Linen: Upcoming talk at the Ulster Scots Centre, as part of their season of events for Spring 2016

Irish Linen History at the Ulster Scots Centre This spring 2016 explore the history of Irish Linen at the Ulster Scots Centre. As part of a series of lunchtime talks and demonstrations staff will be on hand on Tuesday 8th March to discuss the history of Ireland's most important industry. The talk is part of [...]

Guest Post: History of Castle House, Castle Street, Lisburn.

Guest Post: this post was written by Alison, a 6th year student from Wallace High who spent some time in the museum in January 2016 on work experience.   The original castle of Sir Fulke Conway began construction in 1622 and was in the style of a manor house. During the 1660s and 1670s further work [...]

Lisburn’s First Armistice Day – 11th November 1919

The cenotaph, Market Square. Following King George V's proclamation, all parts of the empire marked the first anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.  In Lisburn, many gathered at the temporary cenotaph in Market Square, where a short service was held, while others attended services in many of Lisburn's churches.  At 11am, a [...]

Commemorating Men from Lisburn and District who fought and died at Gallipoli

Commemorating Men from Lisburn and District who fought and died at Gallipoli In October 2015 the museum's curator, Brian Mackey, attended a wreath-laying service at Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey, to commemorate men from Lisburn and district who fought and died fighting with the 10th and 29th Divisions, as well as Australian and New Zealand forces, [...]

Researching Damask: A visit from the Winterthur Museum, Delaware

Researching Damask Our Curator, Brian Mackey, with Linda Eaton, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections & Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum, Delaware, who visited the museum recently. Linda is researching linen damask made for the American market, and had the opportunity to explore the museum's internationally-significant damask collection. Brian Mackey, [...]

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 [...]

Memories of Hilden School: Call for Stories, Pictures or Reminiscences

A former teacher at Hilden Primary School, Ms Hanthorne, is collecting material (stories, images, text, reminiscences or other ephemera) relating to the school for a new book.  If you have any of this material, or you are interested in getting involved, then please contact us here, and we'll forward your details on.

New Book: The Chemistry of Textile Fibres

New Book: The Chemistry of Textile Fibres A new publication on the Chemistry of Textile Fibres featuring material from the museum's collections has been published. This is the 2nd edition of Mather and Wardman's seminal text, revised and updated. The publisher's blurb: Textiles are ubiquitous materials that many of us take for granted in our [...]

Summer Workshops At Lisburn Museum

Lisburn Museum’s FREE summer workshops start on Saturday 1st August 2015. They will run Monday – Saturday (until 29th August) morning session 10am – 12pm and afternoon session 2.30 – 4.30pm. For those who prefer to be a guaranteed place, pre-booking is available this year. Drop-in visitors are also welcome but not advisable for large [...]

The Windows of Lisburn Cathedral, a new guide from Lisburn Museum (Launch 2015)

A new guide to the stained-glass windows of Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn, was recently launched by the Rector, the Rev Canon Sam Wright and the Curator of the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Brian Mackey. The guide, a collaboration between the cathedral and the museum, tells the rich history of the windows, including 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 [...]

My Anzac Story: Private Alexander Martin | Manning River Times

Private Alec Martin's niece telling the story of her uncle, born in Magheragall, who died on April 25th at Gallipoli: MY Anzac story is about my uncle Private Alexander Martin. He was not a local, he never even saw the Manning Valley as far as I know. Source: My Anzac Story: Private Alexander Martin | [...]

‘Lisburn’s Lost’: The Sinking of the Lusitania (May 1915)

The sinking of the liner in May 1915 was a cause of a huge surge in anti-German sentiment and became a feature of military recruitment campaigns, including this iconic poster. ‘Lisburn’s Lost’: The Sinking of the Lusitania (May 1915) May 7th 2015 marks the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, one [...]

Event: Remembering the Gallipoli Campaign, April 24th 2015

Image: The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett with Councillor Paul Porter, Chairman of Leisure, Finny O’Sullivan, whose father fought at Gallipoli, and Rosemary Bunting, Chairman of Lisburn Historical Society at the opening of the Gallipoli display in the Museum. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli campaign during World War I, on [...]

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 [...]

The return of Brigadier General John Nicholson to Market Square (Photos and Videos)

On April 21 2015 the statue of Brigadier-General John Nicholson returned to Market Square.  Originally erected in January 1922 in the centre of Market Square (currently under construction), the statue was designed by the sculpture F.W. Pomeroy and gifted by Henry Musgrave.  It was moved to make way for the re-development of Market Square. Have a quick read [...]

BBC’s Imagining Ulster, featuring material from the museum’s collection

BBC's Imagining Ulster, featuring material from the museum's collection Did you see William Crawley's fantastic Imagining Ulster?  Recently featured on BBC One NI, the show: "explores some of the social, cultural and political influences that have shaped aspects of identity in Northern Ireland. It looks at how Ulster has been a meeting place between different [...]

Project Linlon: 21st March – 18th April 2015, a collaboration with R-Space Gallery

Project Linlon with Nora Fok 21st March - 18th April 2015 Opening events Saturday 21 March: Artist talk 1-2pm (free) Jewellery making Masterclass 2-5pm (£20) In collaboration with the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and McConville’s Mill & Museum Dromore, Co Down, international jewellery artist Nora Fok developed “linlon”, a linen and nylon mixed [...]

Education & Schools: Science Programme 2015:

  Booking information SCIENCE PROGRAMME 2015 Bring your class to our popular FREE science programme at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum! This year’s theme is the ‘Science of Flight’. Length: Workshops are 1 hour 30 minutes and are suitable for P2 – P7 To book call reception on 028 9266 3377 What will [...]

Free Drop-in Workshops: Science Week

Free Drop-in Workshops: Science Week On March 7th we are running another popular 'drop-in' workshops, come along with the family and enjoy our FREE science week programme. All ages welcome, workshops are free of charge and there is no need to book - just come along. Morning sessions from 10am-12.00 or afternoon 2pm-4pm, you can stay as long [...]

Successful launch of our new research project: ‘Lisburn Catholics and the Great War’

Pictured (left to right): Brian Mackey, Ciaran Toal, Alan Carlisle and Pat Catney at the launch. On February 2 2015 the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum launched its latest research project at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, St Patrick’s, Chapel Hill, Lisburn.  The project, ‘Lisburn Catholics and the Great War’, aims to explore the untold [...]

Drop-in Valentine’s Day Workshops at the museum

Drop-in Valentine's Day Workshops at the museum On Valentine's day (make a note in your diary, it's this Saturday!) we are running our popular 'drop-in' workshops, come along with the family and make a Valentine craft. All ages welcome, workshops are free of charge and there is no need to book - just come along. [...]

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