Kirkwood - ILC&LM Collection - Virtual Museum
carpet beater, ILC&LM Collection

Object, Carpet Beater


This cane carpet beater was sold from at Hugh Kirkwood’s store, and hung in the doorway of the shop.

Ad: Kirkwoods, 1921

Hugh Kirkwood, of Clonevin Park, operated his hardware merchants from the corner of Bow Street and Market Square, Lisburn.  He had operated as an ironmonger in the town since the late 19th-century. In 1914, he famously claimed that Lisburn suffragette Lilian Metge attempted to buy dynamite from him in the weeks before Lisburn Cathedral was bombed by suffragette militants.

Mayor’s Festival, 2021

As part of the Mayor’s Carnival, 2021, we are sharing photographs and objects from the museum’s collection over the past 100 years. Follow us on social media:

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Mayor's Festival 2021


If you want to learn more about life in Lisburn 100 years ago, and the centenary of Northern Ireland, please view our online exhibition in the #VirtualMuseum: ‘Planting a Parliament: partition and foundation of Northern Ireland, 1920-22’

Planting a Parliament - Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Exhibition