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

Delight at return of Milford House chandeliers


The chandeliers in situ in the Drawing room in 1938 during the time of Manor House School

The lost chandeliers from the Drawing Room of  Milford House have returned after being lost  for almost forty years. They are now on display in the Drawing Room of 3 Victoria Street which displays the collections from Milford House.

Stephen McManus the curator of Milford Buildings Preservation Trust the charity which owns Milford House collection explains that " for seventeen years the Trust searched for these chandeliers and have appealed on television, radio and in the newspaper with no response" In fact it was thanks to an article which appeared in the Ulster Gazette about a chandeliers whose acquisition was part funded by Northern Ireland Museums Council that the chandeliers were found. Milford House was home to Manor House Special Care from 1966 to 1994. Lois Nesbitt a former Assistant Matron at Manor House Special Care contacted Stephen McManus to say she had three of the four chandeliers from Milford House. She had seen them at Tower Hill Hospital (where they had been removed to in the 1970s) and bought them.

Stephen McManus reveals the fascinating story behind the chandeliers. "There were four cut glass and brass chandeliers by Everard & Co of Lewisham that where installed in the Drawing Room of Milford House in 1898 by Robert Garmany McCrum as part of his never ending building work to the house. Milford House is the former seat of the McCrum family one of Ulster's leading linen manufacturing dynasties and is famous as the first private residence in Ireland to be lit with hydroelectricity.As such they are the earliest electric chandeliers in Ireland. They survived the 1930 auction and are listed as being in the Drawing Room in the 1940 inventory of contents of Manor House School. We have photographs of them in the room but at some point they were removed by the hospital authorities. When Mrs. Nesbitt contacted me they were in storage in a farm shed  a few miles from Milford. We had searched far and wide for them".

The chandeliers were generously purchased by a benefactor who has given them on permanent loan to the Milford House Collection until such times as the Trust can purchase them. The restoration which included regilding and rewiring was generously funded by Northern Ireland Museums Council who contributed £800 and the Trust gave an additional £100. Restoration took over eight months and they are no in full working order.

The Trust says the chandeliers are breathtaking and wil prove to be star attraction for visitors. The Trust is continuing to search for the lost contents of Milford House and is appealing to anyone who knows anything of their whereabouts to please contact the Trust on 02837525467 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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