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Library


The museum has an excellent library and archive, designed to enable research by both museum staff and others. Members of the public are welcome to use these facilities on a reference basis. Access is by appointment only.

The Library, which is situated in the Museum's Administration Building, contains about 25,000 books and many periodicals, covering a wide range of topics from cookery to local history, from costume to early motor cars. The archives have an equally wide scope, containing reminiscences, linguistic and folklore material, transport material, maps, plans and much more. The Library contains many notable collections, such as, the D B McNeill & Frank H W Green Collection (download McNeill-Green collection summary).

You can see a sample of one of the Folk tales in the library be clicking the link below:

Staff contact: Roger Dixon, Librarian

Tel +44 (0) 28 9042 8428



Dialect archive Dialect archive
  The Ulster Dialect Archive contains published and unpublished wordlists and glossaries that document the distinctive speech of the people of the area that comprises the old nine-county Ulster. Within that area, three principal dialect areas are generally distinguished. The first ...

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The Academic Study of Ulster-Scots The Academic Study of Ulster-Scots
Professor Robert J Gregg (1912-1998) was the pioneer of the academic study of Ulster-Scots language as a subject in its own right.  In the course of work on his PhD thesis, he undertook the only fully researched mapping of Ulster-Scots that has ever been done. After his death, in line with ...

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McNeill Green Collection of Transport Timetables McNeill Green Collection of Transport Timetables
The collection comprises of 830 items, which cover the period 1922-1984. The particular strength of the collection lies in its early bus timetables covering the small independent operators. The collection is housed in fourteen archival boxes, labelled as the McNeill/Green collection and locate...

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Folk life archive Folk life archive
As part of the museum's commitment to increasing access to archival material, a dedicated project has been established to introduce the Folk Life Archive online. This includes working with students in the Folklore Program of the Department of English at Houston University, Texas who are helping...

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Living linen archive Living linen archive
The Living Linen Collection is based on an oral history project set up in 1995 to record recollections of the linen industry in Northern Ireland. Between 1999 and 2002, the Heritage Lottery Fund provided a grant to support recording of information from people involved in the industry. T...

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DB McNeill Transport archive DB McNeill Transport archive
This irreplaceable library and archive reflects D. B. McNeills life long interest in transport. The collection covers transport by rail, bus, tram and water and enhances what is probably the most important Transport Library in Ireland.The collection is held within the Library and Document Archive...

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