Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Museum in Lisburn

The history of Lisburn's once prosperous linen industry is celebrated at this excellent museum, inside the 17th-century Market House. The 'Flax to Fabric' exhibition has plenty of audiovisual and hands-on exhibits, and outlines the fascinating history of the linen industry in the 18th and 19th centuries – on the eve of WWI, Ulster was the largest linen-producing region in the world, employing some 75,000 people. You can watch weavers working on Jacquard looms and try your hand at spinning flax.

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