Mills and Factories of Derry – Local to World Leaders Online Talk with Sebastian Graham

When: 15 March at 7pm GMT

Where: Zoom

As part of Aleana Egan’s public programme, we are excited to welcome Sebastian Graham to give an online talk that will illustrate the rise of the textile industry in Derry. Sebastian will explore some of the important sites in the city and local area, looking at both the successes and failures of the industry.

Sebastian Graham lives and works in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. He has been studying and researching mills since 2014 and has created a website where it is possible to discover the history and ownership of over 4000 mills across Northern Ireland. He currently works for Ulster Architectural Heritage as a Heritage Project Officer. Recent research has focused on the collective memory of flax scutchers* throughout Ulster. This included comparing stories, poems and archive footage of scutchers and exploring links around the province.

Sebastian is currently mapping out the mills for the rest of Ireland and is always interested in listening to stories and memories of those who worked in the mills and factories across the country.

You can vist Sebastian’s website for more information.

*A scutcher works in a flax mill, processing the flax plant in preparation to make linen.


With thanks to Arts Council Northern Ireland.