This week’s Virtual Museum post delves into our photographic collection to look at a 1930 initiative by the Lisburn Chamber of Commerce. ‘Lisburn Shopping Week’ was set up to kick-start the local economy during the Great Depression. A direct appeal to the patriotism of the people of the town, Lisburn Shopping Week implored shoppers to buy locally-made goods to create jobs and help the ailing economy.
Using the tagline ‘Ulster Buyers are Ulster Builders’, Lisburn Shopping Week was billed as part of ‘a widespread effort to bring better times to Ulster’. Running from 6th – 14th June 1930, Lisburn Shopping Week was launched by Northern Ireland Premier, Sir James Craig and Mr Harold M. Barbour. As our photograph shows, the initiative brought the crowds out onto Lisburn’s streets. Have you heard of Lisburn Shopping Week? Do you have any memorabilia from the event? Get in touch and let us know.