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Sound and Visual Media Archives

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It should be remembered that the interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content sometimes reflect attitudes that are no longer considered acceptable in today’s society.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

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Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/43 2 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/43 2 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Braidwater, Prospect & Andrews. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: In 1951 Matt Smyth joined Braidwater spinning mill i...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/08

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/08

Sound Recording on Reel: Personal background and work as a director/senior manager with Ballievey, Ulster Weavers & Ewart Liddel. Library Transcript: ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/46

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/46

Sound Recording on Reel: Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Cooke's great-grandfather, Alexander, worked very closely with Sir John Preston (...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/35

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/35

Sound Recording on Reel: Moygashel Garments. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Walmsley entered the garment division of Moygashel in 1952. T...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/49 2 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/49 2 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Johnston Allen & Clandinnings. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Johnston Allen was formed in 1868. The founder, James...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/12

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/12

Sound Recording on Reel: Overseas sales - Spence Bryson. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The Nicholls family originally came from Cornwall an...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/64

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/64

Sound Recording on Reel: Kirkpatrick Bros. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Kirkpatrick Bros was formed in c1910 by Miss Kirkpatrick's grandfa...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/07

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/07

Sound Recording on Reel: Work in Ballievey as a Stentino? Supervisor. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Matchett was born in Banbridge, of f...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/61 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/61 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Sintons, William Kirk, Jennymount, Courtaulds. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Like his father and grandfather befor...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/11

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/11

Sound Recording on Reel: Sales, RSO, York Street, Blackstaff, Irish Linen Mills, Irish Loom. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The Stevenson fa...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/60

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/60

Sound Recording on Reel: Testing House. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The Perioli family has strong links with the textile industry. Mrs Pe...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/23

Living Linen Interview LL2_R99/23

Sound Recording on Reel: Spinning & Twisting - Greeves & Ross; night shift. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Healy's mother was a doffing mist...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/59

Living Linen Interview LL2_R00/59

Sound Recording on Reel: John S Brown Design. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: After leaving the Belfast Art School Miss Grey joined the damas...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/54

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/54

Sound Recording on Reel: Lira. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Gray's grandfather, Wm Wallace Moffett, served his apprenticeship at McCrum...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/70 2 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/70 2 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: George Kennedy joined York St Threads in 1947. The thread works had been moved to Un...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/44 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/44 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Bessbrook Spinning Company. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Miss McClung was born in Bessbrook. Bessbrook is a mill ...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/55 2 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/55 2 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Anderson McAuley, Bank Buildings, John Lewis. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr McCullough's uncle, George, was a D...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/26

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/26

Sound Recording on Reel: William Adams, Old Bleach, J S Brown, Lambeg Weaving, Victoria Weaving, Ulster Weavers. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summa...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/59 1 of 4

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/59 1 of 4

Sound Recording on Reel: Tavanagh, Spence Bryson - Portadown, J.S. Browns. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Maguire was born in Portadown a...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/13

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/13

Sound Recording on Reel: Francis Dinsmore. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Templemoyle was established in 1791 by Alexander Brown and was con...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/58

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/58

Sound Recording on Reel: Ewart Property Development. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Henderson is married to Primrose Forrest, daughter of...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/07

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/07

Sound Recording on Reel: Sperrin Textiles & William Clark. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Cole’s grandfather arrived in Upperlands in the...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/43

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/43

Sound Recording on Reel: York Street. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: The Graingers are a prominent Ulster family involved with dairy farming...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/76 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R01/76 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: York Street, McCaw Allan, Broadway Damask. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Bennett was born in Belfast. His fathe...

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/15 1 of 2

Living Linen Interview LL2_R02/15 1 of 2

Sound Recording on Reel: Wolfhill, Greeves, Bessbrook, Doagh, Ulster Spinners. Library Transcript: Transcript. Summary: Mr Greer joined Ewarts in 1938...

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