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News and Events

McCaw Allan - a tea towel collection - introductory talk.


This exhibition was first shown at R-Space Gallery in Lisburn in April 2023 and from 25 August it will be on display in McCaw Allan's home town of Lurgan. Curated by contemporary artist Robert Peters, the exhibition showcases the tea towel designs of McCaw Allan, now part of the Samuel Lamont Group. The tea towels are an enduring tribute to the creativity and skill of McCaw Allan workforce, while also offering an insight into changing tastes and manufacturing process over past 50+years. The Courtyard at Brownlow House, Lurgan is the venue.

On Tuesday 29 August at 7.30pm I will give an illustrated presentation on the history of McCaw Allan and this fascinating archive of tea towels. To reserve a place, head to the Links Page on the website under the News and Events heading.

Linenhall Library Talk, 27 September 2023 1-2pm

‘Linenopolis’, the flax and linen heritage of Belfast.


Between 1870 and 1914 Belfast was the city at the heart of Ireland’s undisputed reputation as the home of linen production. This reputation earned it the name ‘Linenopolis’. 


In this illustrated talk you will hear more about the importance of linen to the growth of the city, the plant which provided the yarn to weave the linen and the buildings where the cloth was made, embellished and traded. The creativity and hard work of so many people lives on in references to flax and linen on the magnificent facades of some of the cities’ buildings.

For more information and to reserve a place, head to the Links Page on the website under the News and Events heading..

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