Belfast is a city born from industry and innovation. The giants of ship building, linen, cotton, and rope making enabled wealthy families to build some of the iconic architecture which is well known today. The nineteenth century saw a hive of activity with Belfast quickly being referred to as ‘Linenopolis’. Mills and warehouses dominated the landscape, many people relocated to the city from the countryside to seek work bringing much needed skills and expertise.
Linen is an enduring fabric which museums and private collections celebrate through their archives. The Cathedral Church of St. Anne (also known as Belfast Cathedral) houses many interesting artifacts.
We featured this exhibition in Issue 97 Red.