Horner Collection

The Horner Collection at Belfast Central Library is representative of Horner's main interest namely textile manufacture. It comprises books and scrap books dealing with textile manufacture through out the world. John Horner (1858-1919) was born in Belfast. He was a member of the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society and acted as its Treasurer and Secretary. He gained notariety as the author of "The Linen Trade of Europe during the Spinning-Wheel Period", (1920). He had a unique collection of spinning wheels, which was donated to the Ulster Museum He was an engineer and an industrialist, but also found time to be a linguist, scientist and botanist. He accumulated a rich collection of books, art and scientific specimens. He was involved in initiating the University Extension Lectures, which brought international scientists to Belfast. In 1895 he was one of the main organisers of the Industrial Exhibition.


The collection comprises books on textile manufacture from the 19th century. There are also a number of scrapbooks which contain cuttings, advertisements and labels concerned with textiles. The collection also includes the journal "Repertory of Arts- 1794 to 1821 (wanting vol.7 1st series, vol.13, 17 2nd series).

Physical characteristics

1 bay of shelving

Description or Catalogue

This collection is not catalogued.


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Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 24 May 2018