Mid and East Antrim Industrial Heritage Week 2024

Monday 3 June 2024 to Sunday 9 June 2024
Various locations

Glenarm Walking Tour

7 June 2024

There will be a walking tour of Glenarm, on the evening of Friday 7 June 2024 leaving at 7pm from the recently refurbished Eglinton Yard at Glenarm Marina.

The guided walk explores the history and significance of limestone in this picturesque setting.

For more information please contact Glenarm Visitor Centre or see Eventbrite.

Charles Lanyon Bus Tour

7 June 2024

A ‘Building Legacies’ bus tour on Friday 7 June 2024 features several buildings across Mid & East Antrim associated with 19th century civil engineer and architect, Charles Lanyon, will leave from Carrickfergus Castle car park at 10am.

The tour will include Sheil’s Almshouses Carrickfergus; St John’s Church of Ireland, Glynn; Larne Market Yard;  and Kintullagh House (St Louis Grammar School) in Ballymena.

This full day experience will be led by Mid & East Antrim museum service staff with a lunch break at the Market Yard, Larne.

Tickets cost £12 per person and prior booking is essential on The Braid website.

Please contact Mid-Antrim for further information E:

Photographic Exhibition at Carrickfergus Museum

From 7 June to 31 August 2024

The Presence of  Absence photographic exhibition at Carrickfergus Museum will open to co-incide with Industrial Heritage Week.

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, artist Trevor Ferris will shine a light on past ship building, maritime history and life in the docks. 

The show includes recently discovered negatives and prints as well as hundreds of photographs taken over many decades.

It comprises images of Harland and Wolff’s design drawing offices where the intricate details of the magnificent White Star Line’s Olympic ocean class ships were once prepared.

Some were taken by Trevor Ferris’s grandfather, who photographed the world famous Titanic and Olympic liners and the rest are by the artist, creating a snap shot in time around Belfast Lough.

The exhibition will run from 7 June until 31 August.

Talk on 19th Century female aristocrat and entrepreneur

Carnlough Hub

8 June 2024

On Saturday 8 June 2024, Mary Watson will give an illustrated talk entitled Frances Anne Vane Tempest, Marchioness of Londonderry, 19th Century Entrepreneur, Industrialist and Influencer at The Heritage Hub at Carnlough Town Hall at 7pm.

The talk is free but prior booking is recommended by contacting Mary Watson by E: or M: 07719 357 404.

Marking Industrial Heritage Week with a Sun Laundry Display

Larne Museum

A small hallway display of artefacts, photographs and accounts relating to the Sun Laundry, now Rea’s of Larne, which opened on Bank Road in Larne in 1894 and closed in 1982.

This exhibition is taking place as part of Mid and East Antrim Industrial Heritage Week, 3 – 8 June 2024.

The exhibition will be on display from Monday 3 until Friday 28 June 2024 and includes Saturday opening on 8 June.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. 

For more information, please contact Larne Museum & Arts Centre on T: 028 2826 2443 or E:

Raphael family display at The Braid to mark Industrial Heritage Week

The Braid

In The Braid, Ballymena, there will be a display of recent donations relating to the Raphael family, linen merchants and factory owners in the town in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Whitehead Railway Museum is full steam ahead for Industrial Heritage Week in Mid and East Antrim

As in previous years, Whitehead Railway Museum will be contributing to Industrial Heritage Week by their release of a video on social media showcasing a behind the scenes aspect of the Railway Society of Ireland’s dedicated work to preserve train engines, carriages and rolling stock from past years.