Video: learn to weave at home with Lisburn Museum! The Museum keeps the tradition of handloom weaving alive in our Weaving Workshop. Do you want to learn to weave at home? Download a FREE paper-weaving tutorial here and get started! Download the tutorial, send it to us and we’ll share! [...]
After scutching, the process of breaking the long, dry flax plant down and separating the fibrous part of the plant from the stems (or shoves), the flax was hackled. Using a hackling comb, the long pins were brushed through the flax, removing any short fibres. The long, smooth flax, known as line flax, was [...]
Who is the Museum for? Kids! […]
Historic Photo: Reeling and Winding Room, Barbours’, Lisburn […]
Each and every day our fantastic Gallery Assistants show visitors how flax is grown, processed and then made ready to be spun into cloth. Although the Museum may be closed (temporarily!) you can still enjoy part of our tour with one of our fantastic guides, Valerie.
Object: The Royal Irish Linen Warehouse Welcome! This is the first post in our new #VirtualMuseum. Fittingly, we have featured the magnificent Robinson & Cleaver warehouse and department store by the Belfast design House, Marcus Ward & Co, c.1888-1889. The store captures the glamour and wealth of the linen industry in the later [...]
A late 19th-century copy of the ballad, printed in Belfast. Held at UCD archives. This is a traditional folk song, likely from the mid-19th century and telling the story of man who is forced to enlist in the army and travels to India to win the heart of a 'Lisburn Lass'. Lisburn is [...]
Covid-19 and Me: Contemporary Collecting Project […]
The Virtual Museum - Coming Soon Stay tuned.