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Design and Modernity at The Old Bleach Linen Company

16th August 2023 – 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Embark on a fascinating journey through time and design as we unravel the remarkable story of ‘Design and Modernity at The Old Bleach Linen Company.’ Join us as we explore the pivotal role that design played in shaping one of Ulster’s most illustrious linen firms. Established in 1864 in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, this iconic company foresaw the significance of design by registering their innovative creations from the 1870s onwards, a key element in their resounding success and survival during challenging times for the industry. Witness their evolution into producing exquisite linen dress and furnishing fabrics, which graced the pages of prestigious fashion magazines like American and British Vogue during the Interwar period. Don’t miss this compelling lecture by Dr Catherine O’Hara, where the captivating world of design meets the enduring legacy of The Old Bleach Linen Company. 

About Dr Catherine O’Hara 

Dr Catherine O’Hara is a Lecturer in Design History at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. Her research is based on the role and status of design, with particular interests in the inter-war period and the Ulster linen industry.

About the Linen Biennale  

The Linen Biennale Northern Ireland makes its much-anticipated return in August 2023. The themes of this year’s event, Renew & Revive, seamlessly intertwine as the organisers strive to deepen the understanding and admiration for the timeless legacy of flax and linen. Participants will explore the enduring value of these materials in the present and their potential significance in the future. Proudly brought to you by R-Space Gallery, the Linen Biennale Northern Ireland promises to be a captivating celebration of art, history, and culture. Find out more.


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16th August 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Linen Hall
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast, BT1 5GB United Kingdom


The Linen Hall
+44 (0)28 9032 1707
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