|Arthur Chapman with members of Lisburn Friends Meeting House at the launch of his book 'Quakers in Lisburn' last Saturday morning.|
A NEW book 'Quakers in Lisburn: Four Centuries of Work and Witness' by Arthur G Chapman, former Principal of Friends' School Lisburn (19701989) was launched in Friends Meeting House, Lisburn on Saturday November 7.
Alan Bell, a life-long Quaker, led the formal part of the proceedings and welcomed the invited guests and Friends. The guest speaker was J. Glynn Douglas, Dublin, whose father, John Douglas, was principal of Friends' School (1929-1952). Special guests included Elizabeth Dickson (Principal of Friends' School), Alderman Paul Porter (Deputy Mayor), Councillor Jonathan Craig MLA, Councillor Basil McCrea MLA and Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum representatives Brian Mackey (Curator) and Brenda Collins (Research Officer).
The book records the contribution of Quakers to the development of religious, educational, commercial and social life, not only in the town of Lisburn but also in other centres within the bounds of the City Council, such as Hillsborough, Maghaberry and Brookfield. It draws on original Quaker records and also on material from the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum. Support from the Lisburn City Council has been given towards its production. It is most appropriate that this book, charting four centuries of work and witness, was launched in this year - the 400th anniversary of the founding of Lisburn. The pleasing, well-illustrated book was produced by Tatchdesign of Lisburn and published by Ulster Friends Home Mission. It is priced at £8 and is available from Lisburn Friends Meeting and other outlets.
|Alan and Irene Bell with their daughter Catherine and granddaughter Rachael looking at family photographs||Arthur Chapman signing a copy of his book for his son Stephen and daughter Elizabeth.|
|Arthur Chapman pictured signing a copy of his book. Looking on are L to Ft Glynn Douglas (guest speaker), Ken Brown (Lisburn Friend), Councillor Jonathan Craig MLA and Alderman Paul Porter (Deputy Mayor).||Arthur Chapman, former head of Friends' School, signing a copy of his book for the current bead Elizabeth Dickson.|