Winter Talks Programme 2020 feat Pearse Lawlor, Chris Magill, Brian Walker, Cormac Moore, Alan Parkinson and Patricia Marsh

We are pleased to announce our Winter 2020/2021 online talks programme, supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Good Relations Programme.

The talks are free and will take place online via Youtube at 7pm (the previously scheduled Zoom session has been discontinued).

You will need to book a place via the links below, and an email with a link to the livestream will be sent out to attendees prior to the talks taking place.


Speakers and themes for this year’s programme include:

  • 17/11/2020 – The East Ulster Riots and the formation of the Special Constabulary – Dr Christopher Magill
  • 24/11/2020 – Lisburn – The Burnings, 1920 – Pearse Lawlor
  • 8/12/2020 – Centenaries, 1920-23: commemorations, conflict and conciliation – Prof Brian Walker
  • 7/01/2021 – The day-to-day effects of Partition – Dr Cormac Moore
  • 14/01/2021 – The Northern Troubles 1920-22 – Dr Alan Parkinson
  • 28/01/2021- ‘The doctors are being run off their feet’: Spanish Flu in Lisburn – Dr Patricia Marsh

This year’s talks reflect the Museum’s exhibition programme, The Swanzy Riots 1920, and the centenary of the burning of Lisburn in August 1920.  It also looks towards the centenary of the partition of Ireland, and the birth of Northern Ireland (1921-2021).

A major theme in the Museum’s programming for 2020 was our contemporary collecting project, ‘Covid-19 and Me’.   Dr Patricia Marsh will explore the last great pandemic in Ulster, the Spanish Flu on 1918-1919.

To Register:

Please complete registration via the form below.  Alternatively, you can book the talks directly through reception.  Please telephone 02892663377 or email

**Registration has now closed**

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