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Arts & Crafts 2016: Talks & Tours

Time/Date - 11:00 - 10:30, Sun 30 Oct 2016 - Sat 13 May 2017

An Edwardian Christmas Family Friendly

Sunday 27th November

First tour: 11.15am – 12.45pm

Second tour: 1.45pm – 3.15pm


It’s Christmas Eve 1910, the Butler in the Bank Manager’s House and the Rector’s family are making preparations for Christmas Day. Come with us as we visit them and see how other Museum exhibit buildings are decorated for the season. You will also get the opportunity to make a pomander and discover the origin of our modern Christmas traditions.
Fee: £12/£10, children £5
Tutors: Patrick McKinney, Madeline McGreevy
Ref: 11/FXTOUR

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Sunday 12th March
Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Make a Suffragette brooch, listen to extracts from the 1912 diaries of Florence Dick, all while learning more about women’s everyday lives and the struggles they faced. Hear from people in their homes and find out how they were affected by a lack of education, no real job opportunities and married life.
Fee: no booking required, normal Museum entrance applies on the day
Tutors: Madeline McGreevy, Jenny Haslett, Emma McAleer

Children of the Famine on Sunday 19th March is no longer available however you may book the same family-friendly tour on Sunday 14th May by clicking here.

Through the Eye of a Needle

Saturday 19th November
Time: 11.00am – 1.30pm
Valerie Wilson, Curator of Textiles, gives an illustrated talk on the history of needlework education and embroidery in Ireland from 1750 to the present day. A unique aspect of the morning will be the opportunity for participants to study objects from the Museum’s extensive collection of beadwork, needlework samplers, whitework embroidery and needlework tools.
Fee: £12/£10
Tutor: Valerie Wilson
Ref: 11/NEED

The Lure of Lace

Saturday 25th February
Time: 11.00am – 1.30pm
Valerie Wilson, the Museum’s textile curator, gives an illustrated talk on the history of lace in Ireland from the early 1800s to the present day. A unique aspect of the morning will be the opportunity for participants to study lace pieces from the Museum’s extensive collection of Carrickmacross, crochet, needlepoint and Limerick lace. Fee: £12/£10
Tutor: Valerie Wilson
Ref: 02/LACE

Costume: from Head to Toe - Cancelled

Saturday 25th March
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Valerie Wilson, Curator of Textiles, gives an illustrated talk on the Museum’s dress and accessories collection. Participants will have the opportunity to study objects from the Museum’s extensive collection. After lunch you will be given a guided tour of both R.J. Sloane draper’s shop in the open air museum and a gallery tour of the exhibition ‘A Step in Time: the story of Irish Dance’.
Fee: £15/£12
Tutor: Valerie Wilson
Ref: 03/COSTU

Linen: Flax to Fabric - Cancelled

Saturday 13th May 2017
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Valerie Wilson, Curator of Textiles, using examples of linen fabrics, and finished goods from our textiles collection will give an illustrated talk providing an overview of linen production in Ulster from the early 1800s to the present day. The afternoon will include a visit to the Ballydugan Weaver’s cottage and R.J. Sloan draper’s shop in the open air museum concluding in the Folk Life Gallery to view embroidery and costume in the exhibition ‘A Step in Time: the story of Irish Dance’.
Fee: £15/£12
Tutor: Valerie Wilson
Ref: 05/LINEN

Booking Information

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