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Unit 3- The Linen Industry in Northern Ireland

The history of the linen industry in Northern Ireland

Primary Focus: Linen- History of Linen

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Ask pupils to watch Linen history video clip and describe how the production of linen in Ireland was modernised by Frenchman Louis Crommelin.  How important was the linen industry at the start of the twentieth century? What evidence is there to show that linen was produced all over Ulster?

Finding out about the past - People

Listen to these audio clips of those who worked in the Linen mills.

One way of finding out about things that have happened in the past is to interview someone about their memories. Find someone who can talk to the class  about their memories of the linen industry. It could be a relative or an older neighbour.

When you think of a good person, arrange a time and place to interview them

Before you meet you can look at some of the articles here or watch the video clips to get ideas about different jobs associated with the linen industry in Northern Ireland then decide what you are going to talk about and write down some questions.

If they live in the country, you could ask your interviewee if they can tell you how flax was grown and harvested, or they live in a town, you could find out what they know about linen mills.

Make notes of what the person says – use a sound recorder and/or camera to record what they say.

The Ulster Folk and Tranport: Museum also has a Living Linen archive that contains recordings of the people who would have worked in the industry:

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