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Lisburn images of old included in new digital range

Market Square in Lisburn.

Market Square in Lisburn.

IMAGES of Lisburn in days gone by are included in a new range of digitised images, which are available for the public to buy for the first time ever from the archives of Belfast's historic Linen Hall Library.

Wallace Park entrance on North Circular Road.Images from the Lisburn of old show Market Square and the Wallace Park entrance on the North Circular Road, images of local locations which are still very recognisable.

Featuring grand architecture, old family photos and unspoilt landscapes, the postcards give a sense of life in towns and cities across Ulster more than 100 years ago.

From steamships and sports teams to linen mills and political rallies, the images cover the whole of Ireland and date from around 1800 to 1900.

Other collections feature posters for Ulster's industrial centres, including Barbour's Linen Works in Lisburn. Over 6,000 postcards from the Library's vast Irish postcard collection are now available to buy online.

The images can be purchased individually or in groups and can be bought as prints, posters or mugs, Prices range from around £10 for a print to around £50 for a large poster. Monica McErlane, Deputy Librarian at the Linen Hall Library, said: "The start of the digitisation of the Linen Hall Library material is the most significant development in the Library for many years. It confirms our dedication to embracing modern technology and making use of those channels to bring our invaluable collections to the world. The postcards will be of interest to a wide market including tourists, researchers, ex-pats, historical groups and academics."

Ulster Star