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

John O' Connor School a huge success



Milford House Collection was delighted welcome the John O' ConnorWriting School & Literary Arts Festival. to 3 Victoria Street from 2nd to 5th November 2017. This was the second John O' Connor Writing School and indeed it was the suggestion of Festival Director Cathy McCullough that the house should be used not only to attract new audiences but in particular with the connection of Robert McCrum - the great great great grandson of Robert Garmany McCrum who built Milford House. Robert McCrum is the son of the late David McCrum the vice Chancellor of Cambridge University and Headmaster of Eton College who indeed is credited with reversing the fortunes of Eton College. Robert is Associate Editor of the Observer newspapers whose most recent book Every Third  Thought: On Life , Death and the Endgame published in August 2017. In it he searches for  for answers in a world where we are determined to live well at all costs, can we make make peace with what Freud costs the necessity of death? His industry talk in conversation with Adrian Moynes  took place on Saturday 4th November.

 The John O' Connor Writing School was a huge success at Milford House Collection with poetry and writing classes fully booked and indeed extra places had to be added. Stephen McManus Trustee Director of the Milford BPT said it was "truly wonderful to have the house brought alive with new audiences and creative arts. We were honoured to have the famous Lemn Sissey  teaching in the Drawing Room. It was a delight to listen in through the door to hear him reciting poetry to his class! " Lemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry. He was the official poet for London Olympics  and the FA Cup 2015. He is the Chancellor of Manchester University. There is only one Lemn Sissey.

 The Rev. John Miller and his wife Joan who are the Patrons of the Trust and the descendants of R.G McCrum came over from Edinburgh especially for the Festival. Indeed they were fortunate enough to be able to attend the fully booked and highly entertaining talk given by Kate and Joan Newman in the Library of Milford House Collection. Joan Newman upon arriving commented on the beautiful decoration of the house and the Library. Cathy McCullough director of the John O'Connor Writing School made the Miller's very welcome and kindly invited them to the launch of the Festival at the Residence of Armagh Robinson Library.

The Trustees on Saturday afternoon gave Isobel McCrum Robert's daughter and his friend Emma Vane a tour of the house. Last year the Trustees gave a luncheon in the Dining room for Robert and Emma - this year Robert was visiting the Seamus Heaney Centre. The Trust felt it was wonderful to have exceiting new audiences in the house and welcome anyone who wishes to hire the house or rooms in it for future events.

Lemn Sissay MBE

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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