In 20210 the museum partnered with NI Science Festival to produce a short video on the history of Hilden Mill. The film is one of three in a series documenting the past, present and future of the linen industry in Northern Ireland. View the full playlist here, with great contributions from Dr Anthony [...]
Video: Dr Patricia Marsh - "The doctors are being run off their feet": Spanish Flu in Lisburn Dr Patricia Marsh is a medical historian and expert on the history of the Spanish Flu in Ireland and Ulster. Dr Marsh has spoken widely on the flu pandemic, including at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin, Ireland. In this [...]
Snippet from the Collection: A short snippet from the museum’s collection: a red cross feeding cup c.1914-18 This patient Feeding Cup or Invalid Cup was used to help nurse injured Soldiers and Sailors who were bed-bound and could not sit up to feed. The cup is marked with a red cross, the symbol of the [...]
Snippet from the Collection: Barbour's Thread Box A short snippet from the museum’s collection: a Ladies' box of Barbour's domestic linen threads with needles and thimble, donated by a visitor.
Snippet form the Collection: A short snippet from the museum's collection: a Spool of Thread from Wolfhill Spinning Co. LTD. Located in Ligoniel, Belfast, Wolfhill Spinning Company produced linen thread.
Video: Dr Alan Parkinson - The Northern Troubles 1920-22 In this talk Dr Alan Parkinson, author of Belfast’s Unholy War (2004) will examine the troubles in Ulster in the 1920s, from Belfast, Derry and Lisburn, and the violent context that surrounded the birth of Northern Ireland (1921). Alan Parkinson is a former university history lecturer/teacher-trainer. [...]
Video: Cormac Moore- The day-to-day effects of Partition in Ireland Dr Cormac Moore is Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council, and author of a number of books including The Irish Soccer Split (2015) and The Birth of the Border (2019). In this talk Cormac will explore the impact of partition, from law to sport, agriculture to [...]
Video: Christopher Magill – The East Ulster Riots and the Formation of The Special Constabulary 1920
Video: Christopher Magill - The East Ulster Riots and the Formation of The Special Constabulary 1920 In this talk, Christopher Magill examines Ulster in 1920, from the shipyard expulsions to the wave of summer rioting that swept through Banbridge, Dromore, Belfast and Lisburn, and the emergence of the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC). Dr Christopher Magill [...]
Video: Pearse Lawlor: Lisburn - The Burnings, 1920 In this talks Pearse Lawlor examines the murder of RIC DI Swanzy in August 1920, and the events which led to serious sectarian rioting and the burning of Catholic owned property in Lisburn throughout summer 1920. View the video here: https://youtu.be/W8x9T9ofcuQ This series was generously supported by [...]
Video: Prof Brian Walker - Centenaries, 1920-23: commemorations, conflict and conciliation In this talk, Prof Brian Walker explores the issue of anniversaries, centenaries and commemoration in Ireland, from 1798 in 1998 through to 2021 and the ‘birth’ of Northern Ireland, reflecting on our changing response to remembering. Brian M. Walker is an historian and Professor [...]
Video: story at the spinning wheel! Join us by the spinning wheel for storytime with Esther, one of our expert guides!
Flaxie Buds Comic - The Story of Irish Linen Our Flaxie Comic has been animated by our Education Staff to help young people understand and appreciate the story of linen! It was developed from line drawings first created in 1996! Flaxie helps young children understand what Lisburn Museum does and the kind of [...]
Video: linen in early times: the Egyptians! One of the most popular parts of our tour of Flax to Fabric involves discussion of linen in early times, including the Egyptians! Follow our expert guide Philip as he tells you the story of the early history of linen, the Egyptians and Tutankhamun! [...]
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
'Riverland - The River Lagan' The BBC's new series Riverlands explores Ireland's waterways, and in the first episode 'The River Lagan' the show features pictures videos from the museum's collections. Special attention is given to the Lagan's role in supporting the linen trade, including: Lisburn's canals, Barbours' Hilden Mill and the retting dams and ponds [...]