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





Milford Buildings Preservation Trust hosted the Belfast Association of  National Trust Members in Milford village on Saturday 24th May 2014. The Trust was delighted to welcome the group. After morning coffee in The Old Schoolhouse the group were given house tour of Milford House Museum by Keeper of Collections Stephen, Mc Manus and a tour of the world famous William Mc Crum Park by Joe Mc Manus (who was instrumental in  saving the field where the penalty kickwas invented). Following this the group were taken by to The Old Schoolhouse and Stephen Mc Manus told them about the Manor House School, which owned Milford House from 1936 to 1965, why Milford House is designated one of the top ten listed buildings at most serious risk in Northern Ireland and the Trust's work to save Milford's Heritage.

The group were privileged to be joined in the morning's events by the Rev.John William Mc Crum Miller and his wife Joan who were visiting from Edinburgh. The Rev.Miller is a great grandson of Robert Garmany Mc Crum of Milford House. Both he and his wife Joan have over the years been extremely  generous benefactors gifting many precious Mc Crum and Miller family items to Milford House Museum.

After a highly enjoybale lunch the group was taken on a walking tour of Milford village by Stephen Mc Manus who revealed the stories of the fascinating buildings and the people wholived there. This continued up to the back gates of Milford House. The group amazed at the extradinary history of the house, the Trust's work to save it but equally shocked at the deteriorating state of the property. 

David Gibson of the Belfast National Trust Association said " I would like to express the thanks of our group to you and your team (especially the caterers) for a very enjoyable day put. We were all impressed by your encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Milford. and Milford House and your enthusiasm for the area". Stephen Mc Manus said it wasan absolute pleasure for the Trustees to welcome the group and we look forward to welcoming many more groups in the future. 



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


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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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