NI Centenary Talks Programme 2021

NI Centenary Talks Programme 2021 As part of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Centenary Programme, marking 100 years since the foundation of Northern Ireland, we are pleased to announce a new series of talks.  The programme reflects on a range of Centenary-related themes, including history, sports, industry, the arts and identity, and feature Dr [...]

Photo: girls in green taken on GB hockey (Lisnagarvey Hockey, 1912)

Photo: Girls in green take on GB Hockey Girls in green taken on GB hockey! This weekend (13 March 2021) the Irish Ladies' Hockey team (which has eight Ulster players on the squad) are playing matches against the Olympic Champions Great Britain at Queen’s University, Belfast. This photo shows Lisnagarvey Ladies' [...]

Video: Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation (and controlled the Lisburn estate!)

Video: Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation (and controlled the Lisburn estate!) In this talk Wallace Collection curator Suzanne Higgott discusses the life and legacy of Lady Wallace, the shy, enigmatic French woman who bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the nation. Born in [...]

Behind the scenes: education equipment maintenance

Even though our doors are closed the education team are still working away behind the scenes in Lisburn Museum. Recently we have been taking the opportunity to catch up with some routine maintenance of the equipment used in the galleries for demonstrations and workshops. The spinning wheels we work on are wooden [...]

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 at home treasure hunt

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Activity Create your own treasure hunt at home. Join us to help celebrate Flaxie's 5th birthday by having a treasure hunt at home. This fun activity will have you hunting for Flaxie in your own house, and puzzling over some challenge questions. Download the FREE printable pack HERE to get started. [...]

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Workshop – Cupcake craft

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Make it at home: Cupcake craft This year Lisburn Museum is celebrating Flaxie's 5th birthday virtually. Today we are making a decorative birthday cupcake. A limited number of support packs are available to compliment the crafts for the Flaxie Buds Bonanza. Please get in touch if [...]

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Workshop – Party Hats and crowns

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Party Hats and Crowns Join us to help celebrate Flaxie's 5th birthday by making a party hat or crown to wear This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some ideas to use. Scrap card - cereal boxes or tissue boxes work [...]

Get ready for the Flaxie Buds Bonanaza 2021

Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Lisburn Museum welcomes all the Flaxie Buds and their families to join in for a VIRTUAL celebration of Flaxie's 5th birthday in 2021. There will be activities posted on the VIRTUAL MUSEUM from Saturday 27th February 2021 to get everyone in the party spirit. With party art activities, a [...]

Photo: plaque from Barbour Park, Bridge Street/Sloan Street

Photo: plaque from Barbour Park, Bridge Street/Sloan Street The Barbour family left a  rich legacy to Lisburn, including the Barbour Playground.  Given by Anna Edwards Barbour, a philanthropist and husband of Harold Barbour, she passed on the opportunity for a formal opening in 1929, so the children could play as early as possible. A [...]

Collection Snippets: Flax Improvement Society Silver Medal, 1849

A short snippet from the museum’s collection: A Flax Improvement Society Silver Medal, 1849 A silver award medal to R. Neill, Belfast, and engraved “In Commemoration of the Visit of Her Majesty Queen Victoria & H.R.H. Prince Albert to the Exhibition of Flax & Linen Fabrics in the Linen Hall, Belfast, on the 11th [...]

Video: Dr Patricia Marsh – “The doctors are being run off their feet”: Spanish Flu in Lisburn

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 [...]

Collection Snippets: Red Cross Feeding Cup

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 [...]

Video: Dr Alan Parkinson – The Northern Troubles 1920-22

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

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

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

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 [...]

The Barbours of Kilbarchan: Lisburn’s linen Family and their Ulster-Scots Links

The Barbours of Kilbarchan: Lisburn's linen Family and their Ulster-Scots Links November 23-25 2020 marks Ulster-Scots week, an annual initiative from the Ulster-Scots Agency to promote awareness and appreciation of the Ulster-Scots language or dialect. Lisburn is famous for its links to the linen industry, and for the manufacture of linen thread which [...]

Ulster Scots, a linen-weaving dictionary

Ulster Scots, a linen-weaving dictionary Part of a series on Ulster Scots across LCCC to mark Ulster Scots Language Week, 2020. As Scottish immigrants moved into Ulster throughout the 17th century, they brought ‘distinctive’ Scots speech, spelling, vocabulary and grammar. Over 400 years later, the rich heritage of this marriage is [...]

Castle Gardens Geophysical Survey, November 2020

Castle Gardens Geophysical Survey, November 2020 In early November 2020 archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast conducted a geophysical survey of Castle Gardens, as part of a preliminary survey to ascertain the location of the 17th-century manor house. What is Geophysics? Geophysics is a form of remote sensing.  And, according to Historic England: Geophysical survey is [...]

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

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 [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop – Dancing Ghosts!

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - Dancing Ghosts Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshops...but at home!  Today's craft is making a dancing ghosts toy! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some alternatives you could use if not. Tissue paper - [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop – Paper Plate Pumpkin!

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - Paper Plate Pumpkin Today's Halloween craft involves making a paper plate pumpkin decoration! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some alternatives you could use if not. Paper Plate - Draw around a plate on to card from a cereal [...]

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop – The Mummies Cat!

Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - The Mummies Cat Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshops...but at home!  Today's craft is making The Mummies Cat, and it is inspired by the Egyptian display in Museum! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home..but if [...]

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. [...]

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