There's plenty for Christmas at Lisburn
the Festive Season gets underway there's plenty to entertain
visitors to Lisburn Museum.
Santa has already set up his very own Postbox
inside the museum and all children can post their letters to him
in it. Santa's helpers will ensure that every child receives a
The last date for posting letters to Santa at
the museum is Thursday December 18.
The Museum Shop has an attractive range of
gifts and goodies perfect for that special present or simply a
bit of self indulgence. Opening hours will be as usual Monday to
Saturday 9.30am — 5.00pm. The shop will be closed on Christmas
Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Museum staff would like to wish everyone in
Lisburn all the compliments of the season.
James Davidson, who spoke to the November meeting of
Lisburn Historical Society on the history of the Royal
School Armagh shows an old school register to David Twigg
and Olive Campbell. The Society met in the Museum again on
Wednesday (December 3). The speaker was Dr Cormac Bourke,
Curator of Medieval Antiquities, Ulster Museum who presented
an illustrated lecture on `Medieval Treasures from the River
Special exhibitions held this month
Museum will stage two special exhibitions this month.
The first 'Belfast 1911: a Day in the Life of
a City' is a display of community history using photographs,
newspapers and the census household returs to show a slice of
life in Edwardian Belfast.
The display has been compiled by Belfast
Family and Community History Project. It opened last Friday and
will continue until the end of December.
Next Friday (December 12) the Flight of the
Earls Exhibition will open at Lisburn Museum and run until the
end of February 2009.
This is a touring exhibition which
commemorates the 400th anniversary of the flight from Ireland in
September 1607 of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory
O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell.
The exhibition has been organised jointly by
Donegal Museum and Heritage Service, Donegal County Council and
Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Service.
The Flight of the Earls paved the way for the
Plantation of Ulster by English and Scots settlers in the reign
of James I. Settlers such as Sir Fulke Conway were granted land
by the king as reward for their military service.
In spring 2009 the museum will open its own
exhibition about the growth of 17th century Lisburn,
commemorating the granting of Lisburn's charter in 1609 by King
New series of lectures underway
LISBURN Museum hosted the first of the annual
series of lectures organised by the Follies Trust yesterday
It was given by the eminent architectural
historian, Professor Alistair Rowan, University College, Cork.
His subject was 'NeoClassical death: the case of Robert Adam's
Formed in 2006, the Follies Trust seeks to
encourage conservation, restoration and protection of 'follies'
and other unusual buildings in their original settings.
The Trust's first project includes the
restoration of the mausoleum of the wealthy Greg family in
Knockbreda parish churchyard, Castlereagh. This is the family
burial place of Thomas Greg, who was connected with Lisburn.
He was one of the two business partners
behind the construction of the first stretch of the Lagan Canal
which opened in 1763.
With his partner, Waddell Cunningham, he set up, the vitriol
works at the Island which was made by the cut of the canal and
is now the location of the city's Civic Centre.