Professor Pantridge with Mayor McAllister, Wallace Park, 1991

Photo: Frank Pantridge and Mayor McAllister, 1991

In this photograph, Mayor William McAllister (UUP) plants a tree with Frank Pantridge CBE. Known as the ‘Father of Emergency Medicine’ Professor Pantridge was awarded the freedom of the borough in 1991, and planted this tree in Wallace Park to mark the event.

Born near Hillsborough in County Down, Professor Pantridge invented the portable defibrillator, and was responsible for saving millions of lives.

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