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 is delighted to announce the acquisition of several important sculptures which will be on permanent display at Milford House Collection. The acquisitions have been made possible through the very generous support of the Henry Moore Foundation and Decorative Arts Society.

Curator Stephen McManus explains their importance: " They are major acquisitions to Milford House Collection and match sculptures lost through the 1930 auction at Milford House after the McCrum family lost everything in the Wall Street crash in 1929. These sculptures add a new dimension to visitor experience telling the artistic tastes of Robert G. McCrum who created Milford. These sculptures are exceptional works of art in their own right and no other historic house or museum in Northern Ireland has sculptures like these so they provide vital education opportunities for visitors to understand their magnificence. We are extremely grateful to the Henry Moore Foundation and Decorative Arts Society for their support without which we could never have acquired these wonderful sculptures".

The following sculptures have been acquired through this project

 The Runners 

Two beautifully cast bronze figures on Egyptian porphyry plinths. These late 19th century sculptures are modeled on a pair of ancient Roman life-size bronze figures, found in the Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum. Circa 1900. Matches a pair of sculptures in the Library.



“Hercules and the stymphalian bird” signed J Uphues (1850-1911) A high quality cast bronze of Hercules, poised on tiptoe, looking upwards and taking aim with a bow. Below the bronze base, which is signed J Uphues, is an oval green Tinos marble plinth. Joseph Uphues studied under R. Begas at the Berlin Academy and sculpted many monuments in Berlin and other German cities. He won a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. One example of this bronze exists in the Forbs collection of Victorian Art. Circa 1890. This matches the bronze statue which stood in the Morning room


A finely carved white statuary marble figure of Psyche In Greek mythology, Psyche is the goddess of the soul and wife of Eros, god of love. She was the most beautiful girl in the world, much envied by Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. In this sculpture she is portrayed with butterfly wings and in a reclining position on a floral covered plinth. Circa 1850. This matches the marble sculpture that was in the Morning Room.


Project made possible through the generous support of 

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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