(Left to right) Valerie
Curran, NIE; Harry Briggs, author; Brian Mackey,
Lisburn Museum Curator; Trevor Hall, Assistant
Keeper of Collection. US1407-111A0
NEW light was shone on Lisburn's history this week when an
80-year-old ledger was presented to Lisburn Museum by NIE.
The book provides details of the first people
in the then market town to have electricity installed in their
homes during the late 1920's.
One of the first residences to 'go live' was the
house occupied by Dr. Johnstone in Castle Street, who was first
able to read by electric light on December 4, 1928.
The Convent in the same street went live
around the same time, as did Stevenson's Garage in Seymour
The ledger was discovered at Northern Ireland
Electricity's Lisburn office and Customer Relations Manager
Valerie Curran said it was good to see it had been so well
She visited the museum with electricity
expert Harry Briggs, author of '100 Years of Electricity' to
meet with Assistant Keeper of Collections Trevor Hall and
Alderman Cecil Calvert, the Chairman of the City Council's
Leisure Services Committee which oversees the management of the
Mr. Hall welcomed the donation. "This register
is an important document for a future exhibition on the subject,
and invaluable for general social history research," he said.