Sound and Visual Media Archives

Exit Menu

Sound and Visual Media Archives

The Sound Archive

The sound archive reflects the work of museum staff and the work of other groups. Recordings relate to transport, industry, crafts, folklore, language, music and song.

Oral histories are drawn from across the local community. Today the collection continues to grow. Recordings are made in the museum's studio, and by projects involving non staff or groups.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective, and not those of National Museums NI.

It should be remembered that the interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content sometimes reflect attitudes that are no longer considered acceptable in today’s society.

The museum now video records activity that will be of long term historical value. Some of this material is available to view on our YouTube channel.

Film Archive

In addition to still images the museum has collected moving images in the form of film over the years. This material is currently being digitised to enable researchers to view this historical portal to our past.In collaboration with Northern Ireland Screen the museum is an access point to the "Digital Film Archive" that provides, via a computer station, 70 hours of digitised moving images about Northern Ireland from 1897-2000.

Living Linen

The Living Linen Collection was an oral history project. It was set up in 1995 to record memories of the linen industry in Northern Ireland. Between 1999 and 2002, the Heritage Lottery Fund provided a grant. It supported sound recording people involved with linen.There are over 300 recordings of people who worked in the linen mills.

The tapes have been transcribed for ease of access.

The RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

The RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta sound archive consists of programmes broadcast from the Doiri Beaga studios in County Donegal between 1972 and 2012. This Irish-language station reflects the way of life of Donegal Gaeltacht. Its 2,000 hours of programming are a rich source of song, poetry, folklore, story, music sport and current affairs.

The archive is of interest to researchers and students of the Irish language. Housed at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, the archive may be used by bona fide researchers and members of the public. Please note that copies of programmes cannot be provided due to copyright law. Access to the archive is for study and research purposes only, and may only be arranged by prior appointment.

Searchable list of collections

384 items found.
View 
 Items per page
If no image shows this may be due to copyright restrictions. Please contact picture.library@nmni.com who will be happy to help.
Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/67 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/67 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Hamilton Robb, Robert Stewart, Hennings, Bairds, Clendinnings. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The Lavery family liv...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/53

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/53

Sound Recording on Reel: Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mrs Bingham's husband worked in a draper's shop in East Belfast. He had always wante...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/06

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/06

Sound Recording on Reel: Husband's work as Ewarts' Export Manager. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mrs Isobel Kerr herself worked for several...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/13

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/13

Sound Recording on Reel: Finishing and dispatch at Achesons. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: There were few family connections to the linen i...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/08

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/08

Sound Recording on Reel: Weaver, Old Bleach. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Ramsay's house in Neillsbrook Park is built on the site of th...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/30 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/30 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Edenderry Mill; Thomas Sintons. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Noble joined Edenderry mill in 1969. He learned a...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/44

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/44

Sound Recording on Reel: Hennings & Phoenix Weaving. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Fred Harrison's father, Joseph, joined Hennings as a man...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/03 1 of 3

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/03 1 of 3

Sound Recording on Reel: John S Brown, Hamilton McCleery, William Ron. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The Haselden’s were originally cotton ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/67 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/67 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Jennymount & Linen Thread Company. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: When Mr McConnell joined Jennymount mill at the a...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/57

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/57

Sound Recording on Reel: Ewarts - New Northern. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Major Harding's mother, Hope, was the eldest daughter of Sir ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/45 2 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/45 2 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Falls Flax, Hursts, Strand, Killyleagh. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr McCormick's first job in the linen indust...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/39

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/39

Sound Recording on Reel: Titteringtons Flax. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Titterington's Grandfather, James, started the family flax an...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/01

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/01

Sound Recording on Reel: Education, history of Archibald family and Springfield dyeing and finishing works. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: B...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/17

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/17

Sound Recording on Reel: Falls Flax - Irish Linen Mills. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Trevor Boyd is the son of Austen Trevor Boyd and nep...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/50

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/50

Sound Recording on Reel: Kirkpatricks. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Crawford joined Kirkpatrick's as an apprentice fitter in 1940. He c...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/24

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/24

Sound Recording on Reel: Hennings & Clendinnings. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Johnson's wife, Margaret, was a member of the Johnston f...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/02

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/02

Sound Recording on Reel: Costing - Ewarts, Brookfield & Lambeg Durham Street. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Job vacancies were routinely an...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/25

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/25

Sound Recording on Reel: John S Brown. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The McMurray family originated in County Donegal. They were mixed farm...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/52 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/52 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Ewarts Spinning. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr McCready describes Ewarts as 'The Family Firm'. His grandmother ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/66

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/66

Sound Recording on Reel: Ravarnette Weaving, Lurgan Weaving Company, Windsor Factory, Bessbrook. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Like many ot...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/19

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/19

Sound Recording on Reel: Kirkpatricks & Lintrend. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Dr Sloan drifted into the linen industry almost by chance. ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/06

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/06

Sound Recording on Reel: Fitter - Combe Barbour & Mackies. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Albert Haslett 'The Shankill Poet' is best known f...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/18

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/18

Sound Recording on Reel: Lira. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Lowry Archibald completed a chemistry degree at Queen's University in 1956. He...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/38 2 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/38 2 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Spence Bryson. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: In his last year at Methody (1946), Mr Hanna saw a job advertised on ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/38 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/38 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Spence Bryson. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: In his last year at Methody (1946), Mr Hanna saw a job advertised on ...

Close filter panel
  • Object type
  • Maker
  • Dates
  • Place made
  • Materials
  • Purchase print
  • With Images