History - The Linen Industry in NI
What is linen?
Bring in a piece of linen clothing to the class. Explain that it is a natural fibre which has been used since ancient times. Ask if anyone in the class owns any pieces of linen clothing.
Ask children to research the following sites to find out more about linen and how it is made:
- Powerhouse Museum Collection linen samples [article: external link]
- Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen [article: external link]
- Visit the Irish Linen centre and Lisburn Museum to learn about the history of linen from the Eygyptian times through to working conditions in the mills. [website: external link]
- Egyptology Online [article: external link]
Look at the following clips
Ask children to identify the stages that flax went through before it could be made into linen.