The “fabric” of our history – trip to Linen Mills on 14th Feb 2019

A Peace IV funded Linen Mills tour “Flax to Fabric” of Moygashel Museum and Linen Mills Museum, Lisburn, will take place on Thursday 14th February, leaving McNally’s Car park at 9.30am. Flax has been grown in Ireland, and linen woven, since ancient times: it’s mentioned in early Irish legal codes and in the life of Saint Brigid, and even the Tudor noblemen had a gripe about Irish people using so much in their yellow clothes. Flax production employed “ordinary” rural people, but linen was also created for other needs far removed from border farms – it created tents and parachute webbing for soldiers, flying suits for pilots, covers for planes, and linen thread was even used to sew equipment for military personnel, it provided the upholstery of early motor cars, and damask tableware for first-class passengers on the “Titanic”. Linen is even mentioned in the bible.  It’s sure to be a very thought provoking and interesting trip, contact the Network office for full tour details.