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 House Museum is delighted to announce the acquisition of four old master studio paintings from Royal Scottish Academy.  In 2011 Milford Buildings Preservation Trust the governing body of Milford House Museum expressed interest in acquiring the paintings which Royal Scottish Academy were disposing of as part of deaccessioning process  to rationalise their collection.  However as Milford House Museum was at that time a provisionally accredited museum, Royal Scottish Academy generously offered the paintings on long-term loan until such times as Milford House Museum received full Accreditation and then they would be gifted to the Trust.


 In September 2013 Arts Council England awarded Milford House Museum full Accreditation status. On  Wednesday 25th June 2014, Margaret Mc Manus Chairperson of Milford Buildings Preservation Trust and Stephen Mc  Manus Keeper of Collections had the honour of welcoming Sandy Wood Collections Curator and Keeper of Collections, artist George Donald from the Royal Scottish Academy  for the handover of the paintings to Milford House Museum.  George Donald expressed his enthusiasm at Milford House Museum and the achievements of Milford Buildings Preservation Trust. Stephen Mc Manus and Sandy Wood completed the deaccessioning forms completing the process of transfer of the paintings. Sandy Wood, RSA Collections Curator said:“In 2008 the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture embarked on a major project to review and improve its Nationally Significant Collections through rationalisation.  For the Academy, the gifting of this group of old master studio paintings to an aspiring museum like Milford House was a great outcome of the project.  The Academy is delighted that these paintings have found a new home at Milford House, where they will be publicly accessible and appreciated by the museum’s current and future audiences.” 


The four paintings being transferred from Royal Scottish Academy are River Scene (probably by 18th century imitator of Salvador Rosa 1615-1673), Landscape with Figures (Flemish 17th Century artist unknown), Boy with Fruit and Boy with Hat (both believed to be by Antonio Amorosi 1660-1736).

The paintings were  part of the substantial acquisition of Edinburgh collection of mostly non-British paintings generally described as old masters bequeathed to Royal Scottish Academy in August 1874 by the late Mrs. Mary Veitch (nee Pitcairn) of 30 York Place Edinburgh. River Scene and Landscape with Figures were last exhibited in ‘A View  of Scotland’ RSA exhibition in 1986 but Boy with Fruit and Boy with Hat had not been publicly exhibited for many decades. Therefore the permanent display of these paintings provides important opportunity for public to see and enjoy paintings that have rarely been seen before.


Stephen Mc Manus Keeper of Collections at Milford House Museum explained: “Milford Buildings Preservation Trust  are delighted to accept the paintings gifted by RSA. They enhance greatly the prestige of the Milford House collections.  It is known that the Mc Crum family had an important collection of paintings at Milford House and the paintings help give more accurate interpretation of what the house was like. The Trust is privileged to be able to hold the paintings in trust for benefit of the nation in perpetuity for everyone”.



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.

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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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