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Talks and Workshops

I am fascinated by the history and heritage of the Irish Linen industry and have spent many years researching the connections and legacy of Irish Linen, flax and textiles. I enjoy sharing my passion for Irish Linen, from the history of flax and the importance of the linen industry in Ulster to the relevance of the flax plant today, as the world adjusts to the effects of climate change and seeks eco friendly textiles.

I have given talks and workshops to many different organisations and groups in recent years. From local history groups and Women's Institutes to international textile tours and museums, the Arts Society in N Ireland and the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. In 2021 I delivered a talk as part of the European Heritage Open Days digital programme explaining the story behind Belfast's nickname 'Linenpolis' in what was a virtual tour of the Linen Quarter in the city.

Workshops can include having the opportunity to handle museum quality textiles and hear about all things linen related. Both talks and workshops can be tailored to your particular needs and interests, the shortest talk being around 30 minutes. Fees vary depending on what is required. 

It is not always possible to meet with your group in person. Perhaps you are in another country for example. If that is the case then I can provide a digital version of a talk if required.

If you are interested to have me speak, or you'd like to offer a workshop to your group, then please do get in touch by email using the link below.

Linen Mill Bobbins
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