Archive: Egret Fountain, Castle Gardens How many times have you walked past the Egret Fountain in Castle Gardens? There's evidence of a fountain in the gardens of a similar design from the 1870s!
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.
Do you remember Castle Gardens before its fantastic restoration? The Gardens would have afforded Lisburn's landlords, the Conway Family, a magnificent view over the River Lagan and surrounding area. Let us know!
Do you remember this exhibition: Market Square Through Time, c.2015? It was one of our most popular displays! The photograph above is from the Lawrence Collection. Let us know!
Do you remember this exhibition: Lisburn: Life in the County Down, 1997? Let us know!
Do you remember The Huguenots & Ulster 1685-1985 exhibition? Let us know! The exhibition and catalogue explored the Huguenot's rich contribution to life in Ulster.
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 [...]
This iconic photograph, by John Press, looks across to Piper’s Hill (Market Lane) from Hill Street. Note the abandoned remains of Coulson’s Damask Manufactory.
Historic Photo: Chittick's and Green's, Bow Street Greens and Chittick’s shops on Bow Street, c.1990s, Chittick's opened in 1931, selling a range of fashions. It closed in 2006. Greens have been trading in Lisburn since the 1890s.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Guess the Victorian object! Guess the Victorian object! Looking at objects is a great way to think about how people lived in the past. Have a go at our 'guess the Victorian object' worksheet - can you identify them? Post your answers below, and we'll let you know! [...]
Design your very own Victorian toy! The Victorian age is named after Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 until 1901. Life was very different for children in Victorian times, they didn't have computer games or televisions (did you know the tv wasn't invented until 1927!). Children often had to [...]
Photograph: Lisburn Railway Station While a station was opened in Lisburn in 1839 and received the first train from Belfast, this building dates from 1878. It was designed by William H. Mills, who designed a number of stations for the Great Northern Railway.
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 [...]
Video: story at the spinning wheel! Join us by the spinning wheel for storytime with Esther, one of our expert guides!
Childhood Objects: Crib and Highchair Our '40 years of collecting' exhibition has a number of 'childhood' objects on display, including: Wooden highchair. c.1910 and donated by Mrs Thompson in 1990 wooden child's crib, donated in 2003 Make sure you visit once the museum re-opens! View these items (when we [...]
Historic Photo: Lisburn Swimming Pool Lisburn swimming pool replaced the old Cattle Market and was officially opened in Jully 1970 by the last Governor of Northern Ireland, Lord Grey of Naunton. Over 18,000 people went for a swim on the opening week and its Sunday opening hours were controversial. The pool closed in 1999.
Wooden Ramp Walker Toy,ILCLM Collections 2020 What was your favourite childhood toy? We all had a favourite toy growing up, whether it was a doll or a football that was played with until it was ragged! Long after children have grown up, toys are powerful symbols and objects of childhood and are a [...]
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 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 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 [...]
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 duck pond, originally a reservoir, [...]
Built Heritage: Hilden School The former Hilden Primary School building dates from 1913 and was designed by William John Fennell who was responsible for the Water Commissioner's Office, Royal Avenue, Belfast. Hilden National School was established by the Barbour family and allowed children at the nearby mill - many who worked half time - to [...]
Built Heritage: Crazy Prices, Bow Street, Lisburn Do you remember Crazy Prices in Bow Street, Lisburn? It was developed in the late 1980s on former site of Stewarts' Mill, one of Lisburn's most prominent thread mills. The home of Robert Stewart (d.1858), the founder of the mill, still stands today. It is now [...]
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 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—'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. [...]
Statue: The Millie, Crumlin Road The Milly statue, Crumlin Road, Belfast Source // CC BY-SA 3.0 This bronze statue by Ross Wilson was erected in 2010 close to the former site of Ewarts' Mill on the Crumlin Road, Belfast. The statue pays tribute to Belfast's female linen mill workers. Over [...]
Object: signed quilt, embroidered in Magheragall, 1899 This amazing quilt, embroided by local women, features the signatures of individuals associated with Magheragall Parish Church. It is dated October, 1899. The quilt is currently on display in our 40 Years Exhibition.
Did you know that it wasn’t until 1918 that women over 30 were given the right to vote in the United Kingdom? It would be another 10 years before that the age for female voters would be brought down to 21 years old, the same as male voters. This wasn’t always the case though. In [...]
There is a saying here in Northern Ireland: "Do you think I came up the Lagan in a bubble?" In this adventure Flaxie heads to the Lagan Tow Path, finds some flappy friends and tries making some bubbles go down the Lagan. Before starting out on he day's bubbley adventures Flaxie did lots of research [...]
Photo: Go-As-You-Please Run, Lisburn, 1907 The Great Go-As-You-Please Race, comprising 26 miles from Belfast to Lugan took place on a rainy day in June 1907. The 461 competitors, all from amateur athletic clubs, took off from Belfast and ran via Balmoral, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Dromore, Waringston and then Lurgan. There was a six-hour cut off, and [...]
Sporty-Science Workshop: Strongman Static Challenge Tests of Strength: a brief history! Lifting weights and tests of strength have a long history. In many prehistoric tribes the traditional test of manhood was lifting a special, and very heavy, rock! These stones, some with the name of the first person to lift [...]
Lisburn Museum's Sporting Collections: tennis, golf and ice skating The Museum's holds a vast selection of objects, books, programmes, tickets, prints and ephemera relating to Lisburn and district's rich sporting history. The collection above illustrates just a snippet from the stores, and includes a Dunlop Maxply tennis racket with racket frame; wooden gymnastic [...]
A Virtual Tour of '40 Years of Collecting' 40 years of Collecting is an exhibition from the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum. The exhibition opened in October 2019, and its successful run in the Museum was cut short by the Covid-19 Pandemic. But, just because the Museum is [...]
Online Jigsaws feat Jimmy McIlroy and Samuel Lockhart Jimmy McIlroy The footballer Jimmy McIlroy lived at Ballyskeagh. At 14 he was playing for Lisburn Technical College when he was spotted and asked to play for Craigavad F.C., and later Glentoran F.C.. He moved to England to play for Burnley F.C., [...]
A Virtual Tour of 'From Hand to Cloth' by Mary Lee Murphy 'From Hand to Cloth' is an exhibition from the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum featuring the work of contemporary Batik artist Mary Lee Murphy. The exhibition opened in January 2020, although its successful run in the [...]
Traditional Industry Worksheet: Binary Binary is a way to store and read information using with only two options. A binary system is the principle behind the Jacquard loom, which revolutionised (slowly) how damask was woven on hand looms. You can learn more about weaving and the first computers in our post HERE. [...]
The River Lagan rises in Slieve Croob and flows for over 50+ miles to its mouth in Belfast Lough. In the course of its journey the river passes through the rolling County-Down countryside, before turning east at Magheralin. Here the river opens onto the great plain – which divides counties Antrim and Down – [...]
Traditional Industry Workshop: create a fabric swatch at home. Did you know that before Lisburn became famous for Irish Linen, the knowledge of spinning, weaving and dyeing had to travel from Ancient Egypt and across Europe to reach Ireand? Great empires like the Phoenician Empire, Greek Empire and Roman Empire spread the [...]
The Linen Industry Research Association (LIRA), later known as the Lambeg Industry Research Association, was set up in the aftermath of the Great War (1914-1918) to put Northern Ireland's linen industry on a sound scientific footing. Linen had been such an important resource during the War, indeed it had been claimed that the War had [...]
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 [...]
In this FREE downloadable resource, you can take part in one of our weather-matching exercises. These are hugely-popular workshops with our Foundation-Level visitors. This matching exercise can help with different aspects of learning. Communication, Language and literacy. Knowledge and understanding of the world. Mathematical and Development. Physical development. Print and cut out all the images [...]
Do you have remember completeing do jigsaw puzzles when you were young? During the Covid-19 pandemic many have found it calming to complete jigsaw puzzles to unplug from social media. It can be hard to find a new jigsaw, or even the space to do it…but never fear! Lisburn Museum [...]
Craft: Create your own pretty paper flowers! There is an old saying "April showers bring May flowers". With this craft you can make beautiful flowers no matter what the weather is like! Download the FREE tutorial here to get started! Have a go and send a photo of your flowers to us at [...]
Who loves colouring in? At the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum we do! Colouring can be very theraputic, grab some coloured pencils and give it a go! […]
World War II is not just a topic on the Primary School Curriculum, but also a way to connect to the generations who came before us. At Lisburn Museum the topic of World War II is broken down into three themes, one of the themes is THE HOME FRONT. Did you know that in Lisburn [...]
Do you remember playing with a swing toy like this? This object is a recent donation, and very special. It was purchased in Frankfurt, Germany in the aftermath of WWII and brought back to Lisburn by the owner for his children. They will be on display in the Museum when we re-open.
Prior to the outbreak of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the Museum had planned to host a street party in its galleries to complement the VE75 exhibition. Although are galleries are closed, as part of our Virtual Museum we have included tutorials on how to make bunting and musical shakers to help you host your own [...]
#VE75 Craft: Make a Party Hat! It's time to celebrate #VE75! Join us and get into the party spirit by making a fun party hat. You could make one for everyone who is coming to your party! Download the FREE tutorial and template here to get started! Print it, make it and send [...]
World War II is not just a topic on the Primary School Curriculum, but also a way for us to connect with our family members who came before us. At Lisburn Museum World War II workshops are broken down into three themes. One theme is RATIONING. Did you know that in Northern Ireland rationing began [...]
Fashion Through the Ages: Our Google Cultural Institute Exhibition Do you want to delve into our fashion collection? Click the link below and explore 'Fashion through the Ages: Irish Linen'. You can view hand-embroidered linen, rich silk, beautiful damask woven in Lisburn or watch our Jacquard looms at work! The exhibition uses Google's state-of-the-art technology, [...]
The Covid-19 Panedemic has brought into sharp focus the role our essential and emergency workers play in keeping us all safe. Isn't is important that Museums collect objects, stories and history relating to these services? In part, that's why we have launched our 'Covid-19 and Me' project. In 1996 the museum added this 1938 Denis [...]
Museum Staff regularly run WWII workshops. Students learn how people in Northern Ireland had to adapt during WWII using artefacts from the Museums collection, topics include rationing, living in a blackout and evacuation. The workshops often take place in our very own air raid shelter (the last remaining in Lisburn) in Castle Gardens. One of [...]
The Lisburn Gas Company Limited was formed in the late 1830s to produce gas for domestic and commercial use in the town. The gasworks was located beside the Lagan, although the gas office was on Bridge Street. The Urban District Council crest, which can be seen above the top middle window, is currently in the [...]
One of the most popular science workshops at the Museum is our BRIDGES workshop! This workshop helps demonstrate how FORCES work and how different types of bridges are created. If you would like a taster of the Bridges workshop, and try our bridge-building challenge then download the FREE workbook! [...]
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890), Lisburn’s landlord, lived through the Victorian era, a period of great invention and innovation. One of the most popular themes iour annual science programme is our Victorian Inventions workshop. If you would like a taster of the Victorian Inventions workshop, which includes a quiz and two [...]
Local History: how did Chrome Hill, Lambeg, get its name? The scientific connection! The magnificent Chrome Hill, Lambeg, overlooks Wolfenden's Bridge, and was formerly known as Harmony Hill or Lambeg House. The property is an original 17th-century home, with 18th and 19th-century additions. One important resident of the house was the Manchester businessman Richard Niven [...]
In 2017 the theme for the British Engineering and Science Week was ‘CHANGE’, and in the Museum our science programme reflected this. Through the theme of TRANSFORMATIONS we looked at human, and non-human, changes in nature. If you would like a taster of the Tremendous Transformations Workshop, then download our [...]
Did you know that Lisburn Museum runs science workshops throughout the year? You can try many of these at home! We call this ‘kitchen science’, as you can find many of the items you need in your food cupboard. Did you know that you can make a a dramatic chemical [...]
Did you know that weaving is closely associated with the invention of the computer? Damask weaving had always been carried out on a drawloom. This was a complicated and time-consuming process that involved a weaver and a drawboy. In 1801 a Frenchman, Jean Marie Jacquard (1752-1834) designed and built a new type of loom. This [...]
Museum Staff regularly run Ancient Egyptian workshops. Students learn about life in Ancient Egypt and why the Irish Linen Centre has a special artifact from the Tomb of Tutankhamen. The Ancient Egyptians wrote with an alphapbet called hieroglyphs. When they wrote a name they made an oval name plate known as a cartouche. You can [...]
Museum Staff regularly run Ancient Egyptian workshops. Students learn about life in Ancient Egypt and why the Irish Linen Centre has a special artifact from the Tomb of Tutankhamen. Did you know that Linen dates back to (at least) Ancient Egypt? They wrapped mummified bodies in bandages made from linen. One of our most [...]
Private Alec Martin (b.1895) was born in Magheragall and emigrated to New Zealand in 1913. When war broke in August 1914 Alec enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and after training in Egypt, where he visited the pyramids (above, second right), he travelled to the Dardanelles. He fought and died there in April 1915 [...]
Jar of Egyptian Linen possibly from the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Museum's collection holds this curious jar containing linen taken, it is believed, from the tomb of Tutankhamun (c.1300 B.C.). The jar was accessioned from LIRA, the Lambeg (formerly Linen) Industry Research Association, in 1994 and there is a clear line 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! [...]
Scavenger hunts are fun indoors! Lisburn Museum and Flaxie have created a simple scavenger hunt you can try at home. There is even a blank template for you to create a hunt of your own. […]
Wisdom from Yesteryear: a 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia pt III As we all find we are spending extra time at home, in between looking after work and family, why not take some time to explore what artefacts or archives you have at home? A 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia is a family artefact and last week we took [...]
Video: Flaxie Buds Easter Workshop - Entomological Art Join us for on eof our popular Flaxie Buds Easter Workshops...but at home! Today's craft is based on a popular Victorian hobby...collecting bugs! The study of bugs was known as ENTOMOLOGY. Download the FREE tutorial here to get started! Download the tutorial, send it to [...]
This delightful Edwardian scene shows the bowling green in Castle Gardens, with the magnificant Wallace Monument (erected 1892) in the background beside the Crimean Cannon, captured at Sebastopol. At one stage the Park also had a German Howitzer from WWI, but it was neglected and scrapped.
Video: Flaxie Buds Easter Workshop - Chicks in a nest Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Easter Workshops...but at home. Today's craft is making a nest of little chicksl Download the FREE tutorial here and the template here and get started! Download the tutorial, send it to us and we’ll share! [...]
How the flag that flew over the GPO on Easter (1916) came to Lisburn This story has prevsiouly featured here. Credit: American Irish Historical Society, New York. With the surrender of the Easter Rising rebels on Friday April 28th 1916, and the re-capture of the GPO, a party of local soldiers, who had [...]
Video: Flaxie Buds Easter Workshop - Daffodil Craft Join Lisburn Museum for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Easter Workshops...but this time at home! Today's craft is making a daffodil. Download the FREE tutorial here and get started! Download the tutorial, send it to us and we’ll share! [...]
Self Portrait Challenge Take part in our Self Portrait Challenges! We would love you to share your works of art with us. Get your whole family to take part and create a memorable family portrait! Share them with us on Facebook or email them to email@example.com In taking part in the challenge [...]
Create your own 3D model on your Smartphone! The Museum has lots of online 3D Models that are available to view in VR and AR. You can check out one of our previous tutorials for an AR Wallace Fountain here. Many museums are making their collections available online as 3D models as a means of [...]
Wisdom from Yesteryear: a 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia pt. II As we all find we are spending extra time at home, in between looking after work and family, why not take some time to explore what artefacts or archives you have at home? A 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia is a family artefact and last week we took [...]
3D Task: A Wallace Fountain in your Kitchen? Using some of the latest 3D and AR (Augmented Reality) technology you can access some of the amazing objects in our collection, and it can all be done using your own smart phone. In what follows we will guide you through how to download and place one [...]
3D Model: The Digital Suffragette This week we are exploring some of the Museum's #digital objects. This 3D model of Lisburn Suffragette Mrs Lillian Metge was produced as part of our Digital Wallace workshops. You can re-use this model - colour it, edit it, use it in you AR or VR goggles! A host of [...]
Digital Art: Is the museum full of portraits of old men? No! This magnificent Regency portrait of the Misses Pollocks hangs in our 40 Years Exhibition. We don't known much about the women, except their family were immensely wealthy from the linen industry. We know much more about the artist Thomas Romney Robinson [...]
White Star Line Point Paper, c.1934 Founded in Liverpool in the mid nineteenth century, the White Star Line’s fleet sailed regularly between Britain and Australia. The company’s most famous ship was the RMS Titanic, which sank in the Atlantic in 1912. The White Star Line placed huge order in Ulster for linen, from [...]
Wisdom from Yesteryear: a 1940’s Household Encyclopaedia As we all find we are spending extra time at home, in between looking after work and family, why not take some time to explore what artefacts or archives you have at home? This may be a picture, photograph, letters or like me, a wedding present belonging to [...]
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, [...]
Video: learn to weave at home with Lisburn Museum! The Museum keeps the tradition of handloom weaving alive in our Weaving Workshop. Do you want to learn to weave at home? Download a FREE paper-weaving tutorial here and get started! Download the tutorial, send it to us and we’ll share! [...]
After scutching, the process of breaking the long, dry flax plant down and separating the fibrous part of the plant from the stems (or shoves), the flax was hackled. Using a hackling comb, the long pins were brushed through the flax, removing any short fibres. The long, smooth flax, known as line flax, was [...]
Who is the Museum for? Kids! […]
Historic Photo: Reeling and Winding Room, Barbours’, Lisburn […]
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.
Object: The Royal Irish Linen Warehouse Welcome! This is the first post in our new #VirtualMuseum. Fittingly, we have featured the magnificent Robinson & Cleaver warehouse and department store by the Belfast design House, Marcus Ward & Co, c.1888-1889. The store captures the glamour and wealth of the linen industry in the later [...]
A late 19th-century copy of the ballad, printed in Belfast. Held at UCD archives. This is a traditional folk song, likely from the mid-19th century and telling the story of man who is forced to enlist in the army and travels to India to win the heart of a 'Lisburn Lass'. Lisburn is [...]
Covid-19 and Me: Contemporary Collecting Project […]
The Virtual Museum - Coming Soon Stay tuned.