What is a motte and bailey? Let’s look at Duneight, outside Lisburn..

What is a motte and bailey? Let's look at Duneight, outside Lisburn.. Copyright, Environment and Heritage Service Situated on the Ravarnet River, this rath was later re-purposed during the 12th-century Anglo-Norman period as a motte and bailey. A motte and bailey is a type of castle situated on a raised earthwork and surrounded [...]

Drumbo Round Tower

Drumbo Round Tower, from The History of the Town of Belfast with ... a statistical survey of the parish of Belfast, By George Benn, 1823 Drumbo Round Tower A familiar sight for anyone travelling through the village of Drumbo, south-east of Lisburn.  Drumbo round tower is located in the grounds of Drumbo Presbyterian [...]

Castle Gardens Object: Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912)

Castle Gardens Object: Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912) Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912) Vanity Fair Print, 1909 ILC&LM Collection John Murray Scott was an advisor and secretary to Sir Richard and Lady Wallace. Following the death of Lady Wallace in 1897 he inherited her vast wealth and art collection, with the exception of the works [...]

Castle Gardens Object: Dean Stannus (1788-1876)

Castle Gardens Object: Dean Stannus (1788-1876) Dean Stannus (1788-1876) Photograph ILC&LM Collection   The Very Rev Dean Stannus (1788-1876) acted as Agent for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marquesses from 1817, and was an immensely powerful figure. He lived in the Marquess’ house on Castle Street.  In the early 19th century he replaced the blank [...]

Archive: Castle Gardens, Crimean Cannon and Castle House in the Snow

Archive: Castle Gardens, Crimean Cannon and Castle House in the Snow This fabulous view of Castle Gardens captures Castle House and the Crimean Cannon in the snow.  This cannon was captured at the Battle of Sebastopol. Admiral Henry Meynell (1789 – 1865), a former MP for Lisburn, presented it to the town in 1858.

Exhibition Archive: Tutankamun’s Wardrobe, 2001

Do you remember our blockbuster exhibition Tutankhamun's Wardrobe from 2001?  If so, let us know.  Share your thoughts with us on our social media channels, or by email. The Irish Times covered the exhibition in 2001 and wrote: His death mask may be instantly recognisable, but a new exhibition in Lisburn's Irish Linen Centre gets [...]

Object: Sybil Connolly Linen Wedding Dress

Object: Sybil Connolly Linen Wedding Dress The fashion for wearing white was popularised after 1840, following the wedding of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Queen Victoria wore a luxurious white gown. This was unusual for the time, and reflected her desire to boost the British lace industry. An original Sybil Connolly creation.© Copyright [...]

Object: Fashion, Lady’s Linen Collar, 1850

The Victorian era witnessed a dramatic change in fashion and dress.  Key silhouettes of the time included large bell-shaped skirts, low-pointed structured waistlines and sloping shoulders.  It also saw the introduction of new necklines for evening dresses. Linen was a popular choice of textile for garments and table decor during the Victorian period. Used for [...]

Object: Trowel and Case, laying of the foundation stone of the Temperance Institute, Lisburn, 1889

Object: Trowel and Case, laying of the foundation stone of the Temperance Institute, Lisburn, 1889 In June, 1889, the foundation-stone of the Temperance Institute, Lisburn, was laid by Mrs John D. Barbour using this trowel. The Temperance Institute is a Grade B Listed building designed by Young & Mackenzie.  When it [...]

Art: was the world’s greatest art collection originally given to Lisburn…but the offer refused?

Art: was the world's greatest art collection originally given to Lisburn...but the offer refused? Castle House, Sir Richard Wallace's Lisburn residence - and the home for the Wallace Collection? In 1897, on the death of Lady Wallace, her magnificent art collection - the result of almost 150 years of collecting by the Hertfords [...]

Painting: Vietnamese Family by Cherith McKinstry

Painting: Vietnamese Family by Cherith McKinstry H.R.U.A. (1928-2004) Purchased by the Museum is 2011, the oil on canvas by local artist Cherith McKinstry and was a response to the plight of the people of Vietnam in the 1970s, during the Vietnam War. About Cherith McKinstry Born in Powick, Worcestershire, Cherith McKinstry attended Belfast College [...]

Painting: Stannus Place, Lisburn by Dennis H Osborne

Painting: Stannus Place, Lisburn by Dennis H Osborne Gifted to the museum in 1991, this oil on canvas by Dennis Osborne features Stannus Place, a gorgeous three-storey Georgian terrace (c.1750) on Hancock Street, opposite the Island Mill.  The terrace was demolished in the 1970s.  Do you remember it?  If so, let us know! About the [...]

Built Heritage: Historic Wallace Park with Flaxie

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 [...]

Question: What’s your favourite building or streetscape in the #LCCC area?

What's your favourite building or streetscape in the #LCCC area? Comment below and we'll try and feature a historic image of it in the #VirtualMuseum this week!  Join the conversation on our social media channels.   #VirtualMuseum #LCCC #Lisburn #Castlereagh #MuseumFromHome #IrishMuseumsOnline

Built Heritage: Castle Gardens and Castle Street, Lisburn

Built Heritage: Castle Gardens and Castle Street, Lisburn Lisburn has a wonderfully rich architectural heritage.  This early 20th-century postcard from the collection shows Castle Gardens, Castle House and the former Georgian terrace at the interface of Castle Street and Seymour Street. Castle House was constructed in the early 1880s by Sir Richard Wallace [...]

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. [...]

Photo: Go-As-You-Please Run, Lisburn, 1907

Photo: Go-As-You-Please Run, Lisburn, 1907 The Great Go-As-You-Please Race, comprising 26 miles from Belfast to Lugan took place on a rainy day in June 1907.  The 461 competitors, all from amateur athletic clubs, took off from Belfast and ran via Balmoral, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Dromore, Waringston and then Lurgan.  There was a six-hour cut off, and [...]

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 [...]

Object: Lisburn sporting collections

Lisburn Museum's Sporting Collections: tennis, golf and ice skating The Museum's holds a vast selection of objects, books, programmes, tickets, prints and ephemera relating to Lisburn and district's rich sporting history.  The collection above illustrates just a snippet from the stores, and includes a Dunlop Maxply tennis racket with racket frame; wooden gymnastic [...]

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 [...]

Fashion Through the Ages: Our Google Cultural Institute Exhibition

Fashion Through the Ages: Our Google Cultural Institute Exhibition Do you want to delve into our fashion collection?  Click the link below and explore 'Fashion through the Ages: Irish Linen'.  You can view hand-embroidered linen, rich silk, beautiful damask woven in Lisburn or watch our Jacquard looms at work!  The exhibition uses Google's state-of-the-art technology, [...]

WWII / VE75 – Make your own pretend Gas mask

Museum Staff regularly run WWII workshops.  Students learn how people in Northern Ireland had to adapt during WWII using artefacts from the Museums collection, topics include rationing, living in a blackout and evacuation. The workshops often take place in our very own air raid shelter (the last remaining in Lisburn) in Castle Gardens. One of [...]

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 [...]

Local History: how did Chrome Hill, Lambeg, get its name? The scientific connection

Local History: how did Chrome Hill, Lambeg, get its name? The scientific connection! The magnificent Chrome Hill, Lambeg, overlooks Wolfenden's Bridge, and was formerly known as Harmony Hill or Lambeg House. The property is an original 17th-century home, with 18th and 19th-century additions. One important resident of the house was the Manchester businessman Richard Niven [...]

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 popular [...]

Historic Photo: Private Alec Martin at the Pyramids, 1915

Private Alec Martin (b.1895) was born in Magheragall and emigrated to New Zealand in 1913. When war broke in August 1914 Alec enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and after training in Egypt, where he visited the pyramids (above, second right), he travelled to the Dardanelles. He fought and died there in April 1915 [...]

Object: Jar of Egyptian Linen possibly from the tomb of Tutankhamun

Jar of Egyptian Linen possibly from the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Museum's collection holds this curious jar containing linen taken, it is believed, from the tomb of Tutankhamun (c.1300 B.C.).  The jar was accessioned from LIRA, the Lambeg (formerly Linen) Industry Research Association, in 1994 and there is a clear line of [...]

Museum Blog: Wisdom of Yesteryear, a 1940’s Household Encyclopedia pt.III

Wisdom from Yesteryear: a 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia pt III As we all find we are spending extra time at home, in between looking after work and family, why not take some time to explore what artefacts or archives you have at home?  A 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia is a family artefact and last week we took [...]

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 [...]

Local History: How the flag that flew over the GPO on Easter (1916) came to Lisburn

How the flag that flew over the GPO on Easter (1916) came to Lisburn This story has prevsiouly featured here. Credit: American Irish Historical Society, New York. 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 [...]

Self Portrait Challenge

Self Portrait Challenge Take part in our Self Portrait Challenges! We would love you to share your works of art with us. Get your whole family to take part and create a memorable family portrait! Share them with us on Facebook or email them to education.services@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk In taking part in the challenge [...]

Museum Blog: Wisdom of Yesteryear, a 1940’s Household Encyclopedia pt.II

Wisdom from Yesteryear: a 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia pt. II As we all find we are spending extra time at home, in between looking after work and family, why not take some time to explore what artefacts or archives you have at home?  A 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia is a family artefact and last week we took [...]

Digital Art: Is the museum full of portraits of old men? No!

Digital Art: Is the museum full of portraits of old men? No! This magnificent Regency portrait of the Misses Pollocks hangs in our 40 Years Exhibition. We don't known much about the women, except their family were immensely wealthy from the linen industry. We know much more about the artist Thomas Romney Robinson [...]

Museum Blog: Wisdom of Yesteryear, a 1940’s Household Encyclopedia

Wisdom from Yesteryear: a 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia As we all find we are spending extra time at home, in between looking after work and family, why not take some time to explore what artefacts or archives you have at home?  This may be a picture, photograph, letters or like me, a wedding present belonging to [...]

Video: learn how to spin yarn with a master spinner at the wheel

Video: learn how to spin yarn with a master spinner at the wheel As well as showing visitors how how flax is grown and processed, our expert guides give live demonstrations at the spinning wheel, showing visitors how flax fibre is spun into yarn.  Philip is one of the best in the business, [...]

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