The Carnegie Centre

A new arts and heritage service for the borough of Larne

Larne’s Carnegie Library first opened in 1906 as a free public library owned by and for the local community. The development of the building into a museum and arts centre continues this community focused legacy.

Funded by Larne Borough Council and the Heritage and Arts Lottery Funds, the development will provide an enhanced museum service, a temporary exhibition space, an education and community room, and a new auditorium for the Larne Drama Circle. Larne’s  Arts and Heritage Officer, Gemma Reid, will also provide a dynamic new programme of exhibitions and cultural events throughout the borough.

The fascinating and diverse collections in the museum were developed through the hard work and commitment of the Larne and District Historical Society, and the generous donations of many local residents.

The museum is now part of the Mid-Antrim Museum Service, a partnership between Larne, Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey Councils, established in 1998. The museum will permanently display material illustrating local industries, transport and tourism, agriculture, the world wars, sport, home life and costume. A programme of temporary exhibitions will include other aspects of the museum collections and local heritage, as well as display contemporary arts and crafts. The education and community room will be available for use by voluntary and community groups and for a programme of educational activities.

The Carnegie Centre aims to enrich understanding and appreciation of local culture and heritage through community-based events that make Larne a better place to live and visit.

© Larne Borough Council 2004