Reviving the William Liddell Collection

Patricia Belford (Photographer), Barbara Dass (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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This exhibition will showcase a 2-year Heritage Lottery funded project reviving The William Liddell archive, a collection of over 1600 glass plates used in the Jacquard damask weaving of Irish Linen dating back from the early 1900s – 1970.The exhibition will exhibit a selection of the original plates supported by documented findings and stories from the road shows.New work developed as a response to the archive will be presented as a range of samples and sketchbooks outlining the innovative techniques created by bringing together a weaver and printer. Dass and Belford picking elements from their disciplines and through interrogation, testing and conversation have developed textile ideas not possible within the field of one discipline. This approach also sings praises to not only the past but also to new viable techniques that could be facilitated in industry. A familiar pattern using a different language, inspired by the past to look forward.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Oct 2018
EventShuttles and Shafts : Showcasing Damask design from the William Liddell archive - Lisburn Museum Irish Linen Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Duration: 27 Sept 201830 Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

This exhibition was a result of research supported by a
Heritage Lottery Fund Awarded amount: £61,500.00. Belford was the PI. The exhibition created a series of books recording the research process. Supported by new work created by a collaboration between P Belford (textile printer) and B Dass (weaver)


  • LInen
  • Heritage
  • process
  • Print
  • weaving
  • community
  • Collaboration
  • Damask weaving
  • William Liddell
  • Resurgem group
  • Mens Shed


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