Larne Museum and Arts Centre

Larne Museum & Arts Centre

Built in 1905, this historic building opened its doors to the public in 1906 as the Carnegie Free Library following financial assistance from the American millionaire and philanthropist Mr Andrew Carnegie. In 2005, to commemorate its centenary year, the building was restored and renovated, retaining many of its original features. The building is also now home to Larne Art Club and Larne Drama Circle.

The Main Gallery hosts permanent displays reflecting the agricultural, industrial, military and maritime history of the area. Larne is a principal gateway into Northern Ireland and the strong maritime links of this east Antrim coastal community are portrayed through a variety of exhibits relating to the first roll-on, roll-off ferries, the Royal Navy and the Princess Victoria disaster. Larne’s rural hinterland, which includes two of the nine glens of Antrim, is well represented in the museum’s folk life display. The War and Conflict section hosts objects from the Home Rule Crisis, Larne Gun Running and the First and Second World Wars. Visitors can access accounts and memories of local people through oral history listening posts and can browse through photographs in a digital community archive. New donations to the collection are accepted.

The ‘John Clifford Gallery’ plays host to a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. These can include in-house or touring exhibitions and exhibitions by local groups and individuals. If you would like to book exhibition space, please ask at reception for details.

The museum is managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and forms part of the Mid-Antrim Museums Service alongside similar local museums in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10.00-16.30

Open one Saturday per month - please check website for details.

Admission charges

Free

The Main Gallery hosts permanent displays reflecting the agricultural, industrial, military and maritime history of the area.

Larne is a principal gateway into Northern Ireland and the strong maritime links of this east Antrim coastal community are portrayed through a variety of exhibits relating to the first roll-on, roll-off ferries, the Royal Navy and the Princess Victoria disaster.

Larne’s rural hinterland, which includes two of the nine glens of Antrim, is well represented in the museum’s folk life display. The War and Conflict section hosts objects from the Home Rule Crisis, Larne Gun Running and the First and Second World Wars.

Visitors can access accounts and memories of local people through oral history listening posts and can browse through photographs in a digital community archive.

Collection details

Archives, Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Maritime, Photography, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Industry, Land Transport, Literature, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Music, Sport

Key artists and exhibits

  • Larne Gun-running
  • MV Princess Victoria Disaster
  • Sam McLarnon
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Dr David Hume

“Dead Famous”, a talk by Dr David Hume

  • 30 March 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Many people have something of a fascination with cemeteries because of the stories they tell: the stories in the stones. This talk provides information on well-known figures from the past history of County Antrim including the Larne area and details of where they are buried, and includes a powerpoint presentation. For those who have ever wandered around a cemetery reading gravestones, this is a talk which satisfies the curiosity of where famous figures are buried and also provides photographs of the graves of individuals from history, politics, the arts and sport.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free events. Places are limited and should be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum & Arts Centre on 028 28 262443 or e-mail marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/galleries

Larne Museum & Arts Centre

Carnegie Family Fun Day

  • 1 April 2017 11am-3pm

Help us celebrate 111 years since the official opening of Larne Carnegie Free Library!

Built in 1905, this historic building, which now houses Larne Museum & Arts Centre, opened its doors to the public in 1906 as the Carnegie Free Library, following financial assistance from the American millionaire and philanthropist Mr Andrew Carnegie. The building was officially opened on 2nd April 1906 by Colonel J M McCalmont, M.P.

There will be walkabouts (12-2), Edwardian costume for adults and kids to dress up, arts and crafts, Edwardian games to play, craft demonstrations, living history, storytelling, and information on local history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free family event.

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/galleries

Dr David Hume

“News and the Papers”, a talk by Dr David Hume

  • 27 April 2017 7:30-8:30pm

This talk on the history of Irish newspapers, including reference to the Larne area, will include images and artefacts.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Places are limited and should be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum & Arts Centre on 028 28 262443 or e-mail marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/galleries

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey at Larne Museum

  • 6 May 2017 11am-12pm

An opportunity to get close to a bird of prey during a presentation by Ian Patterson from Flying Falcons.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free family event.

Irish Dancing

Festival Irish Dancing - A talk by Angeline King

  • 18 May 2017 7-9pm

Festival Irish Dancing: Novelist Angeline King explores Ulster's best kept secret in this presentation on the history of Irish dancing in Ulster. The talk will include Larne's role as the birthplace of festival in 1928, a general history of Irish dancing, the Gaelic revival and the feis tradition that is so important in the Glens of Antrim. Join us for an evening of social history narrated with some light double joy!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event. Places are limited and should be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum & Arts Centre on 028 28 262443 or e-mail marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Dr David Hume

“Smugglers’ Coast”, a talk by Dr David Hume

  • 25 May 2017 7:30-8:30pm

This talk explores historical smuggling in the Irish Sea, detailing how smuggling operated, who was involved and what they smuggled as well as how efforts were made to stop the practice.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Places are limited and should be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum & Arts Centre on 028 28 262443 or e-mail marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/galleries

Dr David Hume

An Introduction to Ulster Scots - A talk by Dr David Hume

  • 29 June 2017 7:30-8:30pm

What is Ulster Scots? Is it just something made up in the 1980s? Has it got historical validity? This talk looks at the origins and history of Ulster Scots in spoken and written form as well as the unique history and culture of Ulster Scots, including ancient history, the Bruce connection and Glenarm Bissets, folklore and belief. The speaker is someone who has been involved in Ulster Scots history and activity for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the subject. Learn what linguistic influences are responsible for the Ulster-Scots language, common words which you are very likely to know even if you did not think of them as Ulster-Scots and some more unusual words which have survived.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free event. Places are limited and should be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum & Arts Centre on 028 28 262443 or e-mail marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/galleries

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Larne Promenade

Art UK - Larne Museum & Arts Centre

http://www.artuk.org/visit/venues/larne-museum-and-arts-centre-6797

Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (now known as Art UK) and participating collections across the UK. It aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.

You can see some of the oil paintings from Larne Museum's collection on the Art UK website.

P&O Ferry and Chaine Memorial Tower

Art UK - Smiley Buildings

http://www.artuk.org/visit/venues/smiley-buildings-6798

Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (now known as Art UK) and participating collections across the UK. It aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.

You can see some of the oil paintings at Smiley Buildings, Larne on the Art UK website.

Larne Community Multi-media Archive

This digital archive contains a selection of photographs from Larne Museum & Arts Centre’s extensive photographic collection which dates from the late nineteenth century to the present day and contains more than 3000 images providing a record of many aspects of Larne’s history.

Creator

  • Larne Museum & Arts Centre

How to obtain

The archive is located within Larne Museum & Arts Centre. The archive can be accessed to find out more about each of the images. A booklet based on the archive is also available to purchase at the museum for £5 per copy.

St Cedma's Church, Larne

Larne Historic Church Trail

http://larnehistoricchurchtrail.co.uk/

Larne Historic Church Trail website

This easy-to-follow trail will guide you around some of the oldest churches and graveyards in County Antrim. A number of these sites, such as Templecorran, date back to the Early Christian period in Ireland. Glynn Old Church and Churchyard is said to have links with St Patrick himself! Others have their roots in the medieval period. But all of them have played a vital role in shaping the Christian heritage of this region and beyond.

A number of the sites on this trail still serve as places of worship – St Patrick’s in Glenarm for example, and St John’s in Islandmagee, one of the oldest places of worship in Ireland still in regular use. Others are now derelict – their churches in ruins. But each site tells a story, built into the stone work of its walls, and inscribed on the memorials in the churchyard

Creator

  • Larne Museum & Arts Centre

How to obtain

Visit the website.

A free trail booklet is also available from Larne Museum & Arts Centre.

Memories of Carnlough

Memories of Carnlough

http://www.memoriesofcarnlough.com/

Carnlough's reputation as a lively tourism spot dates back to the 1960s and early 1970s. Back in 1962, local residents decided to put the village on the tourism map. As a result, they formed Carnlough Civic Committee and set about organising an annual community festival. The first-ever Carnlough Civic Week was held in July 1963, and apart from a break between 1974 and 1981, this annual festival has continued to entertain many thousands of visitors and locals to the present day.

Fortunately, we now have an invaluable record of the early years of Carnlough Civic Week. Recently, when McNeill family members were clearing out the attic of their family home in Carnlough, they discovered an array of photographic negatives taken by their father, the late Mr Jim McNeill, a founding member of the civic committee. Now kindly donated to Larne Museum and Arts Centre, this photographic collection forms a treasure trove that takes us back through time to a bygone era.

This website is a record of the early years of Carnlough Civic Week.

Creator

  • Larne Museum & Arts Centre

How to obtain

Visit the website.

Viking Loan Box

Viking Loan Box

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/school-education-service

This loan box has been produced to support the teaching of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It can be used in the classroom or as part of a programme in Larne Museum and Arts centre. While it is particularly useful for supporting those teaching ‘The Vikings’ it can also be of great use for cross curricular teaching.

Due to the rarity and importance of Viking artefacts, this loan box has been created with Viking replicas, so that pupils can handle and enjoy the items. We hope that you will find that the attention to detail that has been applied to these replicas while they have been created, will mean that nothing will be taken away from the pupils’ experience and enjoyment of working with the items.

The Viking Loan Box costs £30 for seven days which includes a £10 refundable deposit.

Creator

  • Larne Museum & Arts Centre

How to obtain

Please contact Larne Museum & Arts Centre to book.

Main Gallery - Sports

Virtual Tour of Larne Museum & Arts Centre

http://www.virtualvisittours.com/larne-museum-arts-centre/

This is a virtual tour of the main gallery within Larne Museum & Arts Centre.

Larne Museum and Arts Centre
2 Victoria Road
Larne
Co. Antrim
BT40 1RN
Northern Ireland

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre/

E-mail

Acting Heritage Officer

marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Telephone

Acting Heritage Officer

028 28 262443

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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