Living Linen Oral History Collection

Oral history collection of recorded interviews and related artefacts concerning the Linen Industry in Ulster, both past and present. The collection includes tape recordings and transcripts of interviews with both owners and workers employed in the linen industry across the province. They comment on working conditions and practises within the local mills, the processes and activities involved in production, management styles, the changing fortunes and development of the industry throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries and its importance to the local economy, etc. The collection also includes various artefacts associated with the industry, including product samples and working tools, publicity material and photographs.


The Living Linen collection is a significant source of material on the development and evolution of the linen industry in Ulster recording the opinions and reminiscences of those most closely connected with the trade both from the perspective of the local employer and the ordinary employee.

Physical characteristics

The Collection includes audio tapes, transcripts and artefacts etc.

Description or Catalogue

Computer listings of recordings within the collection can be provided on request.


Accrual Policy
Accrual Method
Accrual Periodicity

The Living Linen Oral History Collection is actively being accrued and is held on permanent deposit at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Additional deposits are received regularly.

Associated Collection
Added by Linen Hall Library | Last updated on: 08 February 2018