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18 June 2019

On Tuesday 18 June 2019, the Ulster-Scots Agency and the Council for Curriculum Education and Assessment presented the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum with copies of \\\\\\\'Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen\\\\\\\', a valuable education resource for visiting Primary Schools.

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

On the day, Janice MacArthur, Education Manager, CCEA thanked Richard Hanna, Director of Education and Language at the Ulster-Scots Agency for initiating and funding the project. She commented; "The production of linen was such a major part of the history of Ulster 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 will all the necessary resources to teach this Key Stage 2 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 industry. We are delighted that the Lisburn Museum will use this resource with visiting schools and we would encourage our Primary School World Around Us coordinators to contact us at Telephone (028) 9026 1200 (ext 2161) for their copy of the resource."

Collette Brownlee, Education Service Officer also expressed her gratitude commenting  “The Irish Linen Centre was delighted to assist in the development of Woven in Ulster, by facilitating CCEA’s teacher training days at Lisburn Museum.  Through a series of online resource videos shot here at the Lisburn Museum, teachers will get to see real hands-on demonstrations by one of our education team, Philip Simpson. Schools are welcome to come along here with their pupils to see the museum and experience the story of linen for themselves”. 

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 is delighted to work in partnership with CCEA in the development of this resource. Mapping it to the school curriculum provides valuable teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and students".

Janice MacArthur, Education Manager, CCEA and Richard Hanna, Director of Education and Language presented copies of this new pupil resource manual to Councillor James Tinsley, Chair of Leisure Services Committee, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.