by JULIE SPENCE
A MOVE could be on the cards for the Irish Linen Centre and
Lisburn Museum if plans to develop a new museum in Hilden get
the go ahead.
When Barbour Threads closed its doors last
year, plans were put forward for a major housing development on
As well as housing and community facilities,
a proposal for a linen museum on the site of the former Hilden
Mill was also mooted.
It was revealed at this week's meeting of
Lisburn City Council s Leisure Services Committee that council
officials have begun exploratory talks to determine the size and
scope of the proposed museum, with a view to the possibility of
relocating the existing city centre museum. In March it was
revealed the council was to prepare a major report on the future
use and marketing of the Irish Linen Centre and Museum in Market
Square after visitor numbers failed to reach anticipated levels.
At the time the then chairman of the Economic Development
Committee, Alderman Edwin Poots, stressed closure of the complex
was not an option.
At this week's meeting of the Leisure Service Committee,
Councillor Ronnie Crawford proposed the council officials
explore the "possibility of moving our Linen Centre to the
Hilden Mill area" and this was agreed.