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‘Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen’ primary school education resource presented to Lisburn Museum

‘Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen’ primary school education resource presented to Lisburn Museum

June 18, 2019

Staff at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum were delighted to have copies of the ‘Woven in Ulster’ pupil resource manual presented to Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee. 

They were gifted by the Ulster Scots Agency and the Council for Curriculum Education and Assessment (CCEA), which support the Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen’ project.

Education is central to the work of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and its staff work on a number of education projects each year.  They were delighted to facilitate CCEA teacher training days at Lisburn Museum.

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, said: “Our museum staff have spoken passionately about their involvement in these resources that are accessible to all primary schools in Northern Ireland.  The strong partnership between the Ulster Scots Agency, CCEA and the council is evident through the quality of material produced in these manuals and on the dedicated comprehensive website. 

“We are delighted that our facility was used to create online video resources and to have teachers from across Northern Ireland see first-hand a demonstration of linen being made.  Schools are welcome to visit the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and such visits can be booked by phoning the Museum on 028 9266 3377.”

Janice MacArthur, Education Manager, CCEA thanked Richard Hanna, Director of Language and Education at the Ulster-Scots Agency, for initiating and funding the project.  She said “The production of linen was such a major part of our history here and the Ulster-Scots community played a significant role in that. This Key Stage 2 resource, linked to the Northern Ireland Curriculum, explores that link and provides teachers with all the necessary resources to teach this local history World Around Us topic. In Ulster practically every town and village had a mill or factory and many of our pupils will have had someone in their family who was involved with the linen trade. We are delighted that the Lisburn Museum will use this resource with visiting schools.

Mr Richard Hanna, Director of Education and Language at the Ulster-Scots Agency added: “This is an important curriculum resource which helps raise awareness of the importance of linen to the economy and society of Ulster. The legacy of that industry endures to this day in urban and rural communities and in our landscape. The Ulster-Scots Agency was delighted to work in partnership with CCEA in the development of this resource. Mapping it to the Northern Ireland school curriculum provides valuable teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and pupils.”

These recently published Pupil Resources manuals support the comprehensive website ‘Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen’ which is available to all Northern Ireland primary school teachers through the CCEA website at http://ccea.org.uk/woven_ulster

CCEA would also encourage primary school World Around Us co-ordinators to contact it by email to cceadistribution@ccea.org.uk or phone (028) 9026 1200 (ext 2161) for their copy of the resource.