As part of National Heritage Week 2015, Limerick Museum and Archives are asking the public to bring out their lace to a show and tell event on:
Tuesday 25th August between 11am and 1pm
Exhibition Area, City Hall, Limerick.
On the day we will have lace expert Nora Finnegan, from Kenmare Lace and textile conservator Cliodhna Devitt available to give tips and advice preserving and storage. We will also have a professional photographer available to photograph the lace.
You do not need to have lace to come along on the day to listen to the stories of lace and to learn tips on how to preserve textiles.
Please share with others who may be interested in the lace industry in Ireland.
At the same time as our Limerick Lace workshop on Friday the 29 August at 2pm a talk was given on the history of Limerick Lace in Limerick Museum by Dr. Matthew Potter.
The eager crowd gathered early for the talk on Limerick Lace, we had planned for twenty in the talk. These numbers were to swell and a further ten chairs were needed.
Dr. Matthew Potter, wowed the interested audience with newly discovered facts about Limerick Lace production as well as dispelling myths along the way. The talk was held in the Limerick Museum with a small collection of our Limerick Lace as a back drop. The audience included the grandchildren of one of the lace factory owners, women who had made Limerick Lace in their youth and a number of those in attendance brought along Limerick Lace items which were held by their own families. These included pieces such as a veil that was handed down through generations of brides for over 150 years.
The search is still on for information on Limerick Lace, if you feel you have an insight no matter how small please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.