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15may7:00 pm9:00 pm‘The Barbour family and Senator W. Warren Barbour’, by Richard Polton

Event Details

The Barbour name is of legend in Lisburn, but there is more to the story. The Barbours played a crucial role in the development of industrial America and family members were essential to the success of the first planned industrial city in the USA – Paterson, New Jersey.

The story begins in the mid-nineteenth century when two brothers – Robert and Thomas, sons of William Barbour who established Hilden Mill – settled in America to expand the family business. Within a few decades, the Barbour Linen Thread Co. was a dominant force in the American linen industry and instrumental in transforming Paterson, NJ, into a major industrial city. Over the coming decades, Barbour family members had noteworthy and consequential careers that impacted many aspects of American life.

This talk gives an overview of the US branch of the Barbours and highlights the career of third-generation member of the American family, W. Warren Barbour – US Senator, businessman, and champion boxer!

Richard Polton is a native of Paterson, New Jersey, USA, and an expert on local history. He has been actively engaged in research and public history projects on the Paterson story, delivering many lectures on the city’s development. A published author of books like ‘Paterson’s Industrial Age’ (2023), he also gives walking tours and has been involved with the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, the friends group of the Great Falls National Historical Park (part of the National Park system).

Our talks are free and in person, and take place in the museum’s historic Assembly Room. Booking is required. Doors open at 6.30pm for tea and coffee on arrival, and talks start promptly at 7pm. Please note there is no allocated seating for this event.

For more information or to book, contact museum reception by:

  • Calling into museum reception
  • T: 028 9266 3377
  • E: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Or to book online please visit: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum event tickets from TicketSource.

Time

15th May 2024 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

22may7:00 pm9:00 pmD-Day 80 Talks - ‘Lisburn and the Second World War’, by Scott Edgar

Event Details

The first of our D-Day 80 Talks at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum …

Want to find out what life was like in Lisburn during the Second World War? As we near the 80th anniversary of D-Day, this talk discusses the role of Northern Ireland in the war effort and the experience of everyday people – from rations to manufacturing, airfields to the blitz, and American GIs to Dad’s Army!

Scott Edgar has been the driving force behind WartimeNI for the last 10 years, sparked by a love of local history and an inspiring visit to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. His digital platform is the go-to place for info on all things Second World War-related in Northern Ireland.

Our talks are free and in person, and take place in the museum’s historic Assembly Room. Booking is required. Doors open at 6.30pm for tea and coffee on arrival, and talks start promptly at 7pm. Please note there is no allocated seating for this event.

For more information or to book, contact museum reception by:

  • Calling into museum reception
  • T: 028 9266 3377
  • E: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Or to book online please visit: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum event tickets from TicketSource.

Time

22nd May 2024 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

29may7:00 pm9:00 pmD-Day 80 Talks - ‘We fought on D-Day: Ulstermen in Normandy ... their own words’, by Mark Scott

Event Details

The second of our D-Day 80 Talks at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum …

As we approach the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Europe, this talk draws on testimony from Northern Ireland veterans who took part in the D-Day operations. After researching their statements, never before disclosed details are revealed of action, triumph, and tragedy experienced by the men who were there.

Mark Scott is a researcher and author of two publications, ‘The man who shot the Great War’ (2016) and ‘Among the kings – the unknown warrior, an untold story’ (2020). This talk is drawn from content used in his latest book, ‘We fought on D-Day’, which is due for release on 6 June 2024.

Our talks are free and in person, and take place in the museum’s historic Assembly Room. Booking is required. Doors open at 6.30pm for tea and coffee on arrival, and talks start promptly at 7pm. Please note there is no allocated seating for this event.

For more information or to book, contact museum reception by:

  • Calling into museum reception
  • T: 028 9266 3377
  • E: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Or to book online please visit: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum event tickets from TicketSource.

Time

29th May 2024 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

 

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