Venue name
Lisburn Cathedral
1 Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG

Opening daily from 10am to 4pm Wednesday 3 October to Saturday 6 October, we’re exploring linen links between Scotland and N.Ireland, sharing Our Linen Stories from our base within the Lisburn Cathedral.

The Lisburn Cathedral is resonant with Our Linen Stories and we’ll be in full view of the magnificent ‘Barbour Window’, funded by the family whose name was known worldwide for the production of linen thread and whose forebears were linen merchants from Paisley in the west of Scotland.

We’re adding to our core exhibition with a focus on the traditions of birth, deaths and marriages associated with linen in a specially curated exhibition station called ‘Faith in Linen’ and we’ll be extending our look at Sustainability and Material Innovation with a display curated by Prof Jane McCann in associated with our Industry Sponsors, Creative Composites, the UK’s most advanced composites manufacturer who are themselves based in Lisburn.

We are particularly pleased to be hosting an evening of Word and Song entitled Huguenot Journeys, offering a local perspective on the French emigre weavers who had such influence on the Linen Industry in both Ireland and Scotland and some of whose gravestones are to be found in the Cathedral grounds.  Thursday 4 October 6.30-8pm. With Claire McNicol and Benjamin Mulholland –  no musical experience required!

Our full events schedule is noted below: we’d love to see you for our Curator Talks on Friday 5 (11am and 2.30pm) and for our Lisburn Reception on Saturday 6 where we will have refreshments and special guests. Free admission and all welcome.


Events at this location

Huguenot Journeys in Word and Song

Thursday 4 October from 18:30 to 20:00

An informal early evening presentation of spoken word, music and song inspired by the Huguenot emigre weavers who had such influence on the early linen industry and trade in Ireland and Scotland.

Hosted by two ‘children of Lisburn’ – local Benjamin Mulholland and Edinburgh resident Claire McNichol – the pair will draw on the rich tradition of weaving poems and songs and of music, then and now.

Thursday 4 October 6.30pm to 8pm. Free admission, all welcome.

Linen Journeys in Design – Curator Talks

Friday 5 October from 11:00 to 11:30

An informal 30 minute presentation and discussion

‘Our Linen Stories’ Curator John Ennis is originally from Lisburn and has been resident in Edinburgh since 1985. Stepping aside from a career in medicine in 2013 to pursue a passion for design, this is John’s first exhibition tour and in these informal talks, he reflects on his experiences producing the exhibitions and events that have formed Our Linen Stories to date.

John notes:  ‘in a small way, exhibitions can serve to highlight the big issues of the day and I hope that Our Linen Stories manages to do that with a look at the positives of migration and creative industry and how we can walk more lightly on the earth with better use of our finite resources. For many, perhaps our biggest problem is the scourge of isolation despite apparently better connectivity: if exhibitions are about anything, they are about bringing people together with a shared interest; its feels fitting to acknowledge the joy of fellowship in a venue such as The Cathedral in Lisburn.’

Friday 5 October 11am repeated at 2.30pm on Friday 5 October; admission free, all welcome

Lisburn Reception for Our Linen Stories

Saturday 6 October from 14:30 to 15:00

We’ll be offering refreshments and with special guests, will celebrate Our Linen Stories links between Scotland and N.Ireland, highlighting the next phase of this generative project linking our two nations.

Refreshments and special guests 2.30pm Saturday 6 October. Free admission, all welcome

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