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 acquires important chandelier

Milford Acquires important chandelier


The Milford Buildings Preservation Trust is delighted to announce that it has recently purchased a five arm brass and cut glass chandelier made by the General Electric Company in 1900. The acquisition was made possible through a generous grant from Northern Ireland Museums Council Acquisition Grant and funds raided by the Trust. The chandelier is extremely important as it matches one of the set of our lost from  Milford House Co. Armagh, which is famous  the first private residence in Ireland to have hydroelectricity. As such the electric light fittings in the house were absolutely unique. The chandeliers in the Drawing Room were supplied for the house by the General Electric Company.

Milford House is the former seat of the Mc Crum family one of Ulster’s leading industrial families who revolutionised the linen industry and world of sport. The family fortunes were badly hit by the Wall Street Crash and  in the 1930 great auction of contents of Milford House most of the contents were dispersed including the large chandelier from the Dining Room. However the four large chandeliers in the Drawing Room were not sold off and can be seen in the 1938 and 1940s photographs of the room when it was the Recreation Room for Manor House School. There are no photographic records or descriptions of the other original light fittings in the house. Unfortunately when in 1966 the Northern Ireland Hospital Authority purchased Milford House these chandeliers along with many original features were removed to bring the house up to standard. It is unknown what happened the chandeliers and others fittings removed by the Hospital Authority.

Margaret Mc Manus Chairperson of Milford Buildings Preservation Trust explained: “It is the  Collections Development Policy of the Trust which owns the collections, that in absence of lost original contents and  features of Milford House to acquire items which closely match those items lost from Milford House using photographs, auction advertisements and the Manor House School inventory. This is to ensure that the rooms open to public portray as accurate as possible how Milford House looked at different periods in its history when it was a family residence and when it was a private girls School. While it is not one of the four Milford House Drawing Room chandeliers, it is identical to photographic records. Furthermore this chandelier is made by General Electric Company the same company who made the original Milford House chandeliers. The acquisition of the chandelier for the museum Drawing Room provides opportunity to help more accurately convey the style in which the Mc Crum family lived, and the story of electricity at Milford. The Trust is very grateful to the Northern Ireland Museums Council and all who supported the Trust in raising funds to secure this important item”.

The acquisition of the chandelier is part of a major project of representation of the collections which the Trust is working on to make the heritage of Milford House, the Mc Crum family and Manor House School more accessible. The chandelier is due on permanent public display later in 2015. The Trust appeals to anyone who knows of anything of the lost contents of Milford House to contact them. More information is available at


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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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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