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Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Education services at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum aims to encourage access and interest in the arts, culture and science and to open the museums collection to the widest audience possible.


We can develop programmes for anyone!

Some of our recent attendees are as follows; pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, further education colleges, University groups, Community groups, church groups, special needs groups, special interest, mothers union, Scouts, Brownies, youth church societies, hospital groups, home education groups, families and many more!

Are you going for a day out? Why not think of us!

For information for groups wishing to visit the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum please click here


School sessions are very active and hands on, led by our experienced education team. We endeavour that learning is driven by curiosity and discovery using the museums collection to its fullest.

Flax to Fabric is our main permanent exhibition tour; learn about the history of linen from the ancient Egyptians through to the period of the cottage industry and see skilled demonstrations of spinning and weaving. Tours last 45mins/90mins. Why not compliment the tour with a free workshop; popular workshops include paper weaving (KS1) or card/peg loom weaving (KS2&3) (add on 45minutes for workshop)

Castle Gardens Tours of our restored 17th and 19th century gardens take children back to the Lisburn of old. Learn about a duel that was fought over a marriage proposal; hold onto your stomachs as you hear about medical remedies used to cure a sore head. There is even a story about a body being preserved in spirits of wine! Tours last 45mins/60mins. Fitting into the curriculum link: The World Around Us.

Our Ancient Egyptian Tour fits into the curriculum link: The World Around Us. Learn how the ancient Egyptians used to live, including how they valued linen and the various processes involved. Gaze at our ancient piece of linen straight from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Careful of the curse of the mummy!
This is an add on to our Flax to Fabric tour (60mins/90mins inclusive) Why not compliment the tour with a free workshop -make an Egyptian headdress or work with clay to make a canopic jar (add on 45minutes for workshop)

Take a Town Trail around the historic parts of Lisburn. Learn about the great fires of Lisburn and see what parts of the town survived. This tour fits in with the curriculum link: The World Around Us, as children identify characteristics of specific changes in time period, town structure and civic roles in society. The tour takes in Lisburn's famous monuments, Lisburn Cathedral and graveyard, Castle Gardens and the Historic Quarter. Complete the worksheets by observation, investigation and discussion. (Trails take 45-90 minutes).

Our WWII workshop is very interactive, as children discover 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 workshop is completed with a look at our very own air raid shelter (the last remaining in Lisburn) Workshop takes 60-90 minutes. Why not compliment the workshop with a 'make your own gas mask' craft workshop (add an extra 45minutes)

Other workshops include:

Victorian Workshop
Come and experience first hand what it would have been like to go to school in the Victorian days. Lessons include penmanship, embroidery, making a Thaumatrope and guessing the object handling session. Discover the classes that were for girls and which were for boys. If your group comes dressed up, so does your guide! Prizes for the best dressed! Workshops take 90 minutes and can be adapted for each group.

Free Science Programme at Lisburn Museum!

From March to June 2014 the Museum is offering a range of FREE workshops to celebrate the British Science Association's National Science and Engineering week. Students can become scientists for the day, creating vinegar volcanoes, dyeing cabbages crazy colours, or concocting slippery slime. Our specially-designed workshops, which can be tailored to your needs, bring the excitement of science to life!

Bookings can be made through the Museum's Education Officer. Telephone: 0289266337 or email

Science Week 2014 at Lisburn Museum - Free Workshops
































We also offer a full range of Arts based workshops

such as felt making, paper making, printmaking, glass painting, paper mosaics, natural dyeing, puppet making and many more! Contact the museum and we can send you out a visitor workshop booklet. We can adapt any workshop to suit adult and community groups needs.

We also offer loan boxes on request (when available).



If you want to book a visit

contact the museums reception on

T: 028 9266 3377 E:

Please book as far in advance as possible.

For further information on bringing your group and designing a preferred format and content please contact Gillian Topping, Assistant Education Officer

T: 028 9266 3377 E: or

For information on designing a programme for your group or any other education information and advice please contact Collette Brownlee, Education Services Officer

T: 028 9266 3377 E:

We need to know,
- What tour/ workshop interests your group?
- The date you wish to visit (with alternatives if possible)
- What time you will arrive & depart (school groups; are you having any breaks? we can offer rooms to have packed lunches in)
- The group number (school groups; age and ability of your students)
- Are there any particular learning styles that best suit your group?
- Contact details.

Once you have given your details, we will send you out a booking form, which you will need to fill in and return. Included will be our child protection and photography policies for you to keep and read.


Please advise us before your visit if there are any changes to the arrangements.



What to expect from a visit?

Depending on the group size, one or more gallery assistants will be allocated to your group. A member of the gallery staff will guide the group on its choice of tour and deliver any workshop(s).

- Disabled access on Ground, First and Second Floors.
- Disabled toilet/ baby changing facilities located on ground floor
- The Museum Shop is at street level and sells a range of high quality linen and gifts as well as items at pocket money prices!