Milford House Museum


Milford House


Milford House was once the talk of 19th century Ireland the wonder of its age and Milford linen was known throughout the world. Today  the factory is gone, Milford House derelict and is one of the top twelve listed buildings at risk in Northern Ireland, but this doesnt mean it has been forgotten about. Now thanks to the dedicated work of the  Milford Buildings Preservation Trust...

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"Mass kidnappings, inventions that revolutionized the worlds of business and sport, letters to and from Stalin, if theres a building in Ireland with a more fascinating history than Milford House, just outside Armagh I'd be surprised"
Gordon Adair, BBC Newsline




"The world of John O'Connor is a world of freshly snebbed turnip, the new sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His extraordinary gift is to render the life of Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively  as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolate Row".

Paul Muldoon 2016

The John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival returns in November 2016 with a packed and exciting programme. Many classes are being held at Milford House Collection.

A PDF version of the programme can be downloaded at 

Tickets can be booked at

Classes are taught by experienced writers/ journalists and enhanced by informative talks with industry specialists:

Fiction: Martina Devlin/ Robert McCrum

Song writing: Gareth Dunlop/ Jim Lockhart

Screenwriting: Deirdre Cartmill/ Barry Devlin

Stagewriting: Jo Eagan / Paul McAneaney and Conall Morrison

Poetry: Lemn Sissy/ John and Kate Newmann

Festival highlights include

      • 'Belina and the softening of the stones' reading of the play by Armagh writer and actor Karl O'Neill - with Maggie Cronin and Brenda Winter Palmer
      • 'Both sides' play written by Jane Coyle
      • Lumen in Coelhi - Evening of prose poetry and music on the theme of Light in the Dark honouring astronomer Eric Linsey and featruning the inspirational poet Lemn Sissay
      • 'Lets Talk Samuel Beckett and Patrick Magee' Conor Carville presents a talk about the personal / professional relationship between Samuel Beckett and Patrick Magee
      • Robert McCrum in conversation with Adrian Moynes
      • Jo Baker in conversation with Glenn Patterson
      • John O'Connor Celebration evening

A LiteraryLyrical Lunchtime- with Anthony Toner, Frank Ormsby, and a host of other writers and musicians including writer Patricia Craig and Poet Deirdre Cartmill. 

No. 3 Victoria Street Armagh - Milford House Collection



Built in 1850 this handsome townhouse is located in Victoria Street in the prestigious Armagh City, where William McCrum of Milford House spent his last days in poverty in a boarding house. A tour of this elegant house reveals the fascinating world of Milford House. The elegant interiors evoke the family tastes, artworks and personal possessions from Milford House and their extraordinary achievements. While the possessions of girls who attended Manor House School at Milford House reveal wonderful tales including mass kidnappings  and even a famous actress! Now as Milford Buildings Preservation Trust breathes new life into the house it is once again a marvel. We hope you enjoy your visit.



Milford House Collection will reopen on for 2019 season on Saturday 4th April. 2.00pm -6.00pm Tickets can be purchased at main house or booked in advance. 

Browse our second hand bookshop and enjoy a relaxing day out for all  the family


Eventbrite - House tours

Milford Buildings Preservation Trust is an independent charity and receives no government funding.

Please consider adding a donation when you buy your ticket. If your a UK taxpayer we can claim tax claim Tax back from the government at no cost to you.


Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 22nd March

Enjoy delicious Afternoon Tea on Mother's Day in our elegant Dining Room surrounded by family portraits. Followed by a special house tour led by our curator Stephen McManus uncovering the stories of the women who lived at Milford House. From Harriette McCrum to the girls who lived there when it was a school in twentieth century.

Eventbrite - Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at Milford House



Milford Buildings Preservation Trust is an independent charity an independent charity. 

The restoration and representation of Milford House Collection has been made possible by  

Stephen McManus, the past pupils of the Manor House School and other generous donors

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