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Exhibition exploring the life of Rev David Corkey, Chaplain to the Ulster Division, is celebrated with presentation to the Museum

Exhibition exploring the life of Rev David Corkey, Chaplain to the Ulster Division, is celebrated with presentation to the Museum An artwork dedicated to Rev David Corkey (1882-1984), Minister at Dundrod Presbyterian Church and Chaplain to the 36th (Ulster) Division during WWI (1914-18) was recently presented to the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.  The [...]

Forgotten early history of Castlereagh revealed in a new book launched at Lisburn Museum

Front Cover Castlereagh The life of Conn O’Neill (D.1619), who once owned land stretching from the Ards Peninsula to modern-day Lisburn, is told in a new book by local author Roy Greer.  ‘Con O'Neill, Last Gaelic Lord of Upper Clannaboy’ was launched at a special evening event at the Irish Linen Centre & [...]

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, [...]