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Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum’s major new exhibition (opening 21 May 2018) tells the story of the famed philanthropist, art collector and landlord, and his lasting legacy in Lisburn.  Through photographs, prints, original artefacts, 3D-printed reproductions, dioramas, and objects from Castle House – which have never been publicly displayed – this exhibition documents the life of Sir Richard, his gifts to the town and Lisburn’s connection to the ‘greatest ever single’ bequest of art to a nation: the Wallace Collection.

Highlights of ‘The Sir Richard Wallace Exhibition’ include:

  • The rich history of the Seymour-Conway family as Lisburn’s landlords
  • Dioramas of the Hertford Estate in the 18th century, and Sir Richard’s first visit to the estate
  • 3D-printed Wallace Fountains
  • Artefacts gifted by Sir Richard Wallace
  • Explore Wallace’s legacies in Lisburn, from Union Bridge to Wallace Park, the Market House and Assembly Room to the magnificent Court House (demolished 1971)
  • Rare sculptures and objects from Castle House, Sir Richard’s Lisburn residence

Opening on 21 May 2018, the exhibition can be viewed Monday to Saturday, 9.30-5pm.  Free entry.  For more information see

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