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Thomas Russell’s Belfast

15th May 2023 – 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thomas Russell's Belfast. An event with Dr Jonathan Wright for The Linen Hall Birthday Lecture.

The Linen Hall Birthday Lecture with Dr Jonathan Wright

During the course of his life, Thomas Russell – idealist, revolutionary and sometime librarian of the Belfast Society for Promoting Knowledge – travelled widely. The time he spent in Belfast was, however, particularly significant. In Belfast, Russell forged links with radicals and reformers that set him on the path to revolution and, ultimately, to the gallows in Downpatrick. Marking the 235th anniversary of the establishment of The Linen Hall, this lecture will explore Belfast as Russell knew it, reflecting on the institutions Russell encountered, the relationships he forged and the distinctive urban spaces he inhabited.

Monday 15th May, 1 pm | Performance Area | Free

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About Dr Jonathan Wright

Dr Jonathan Wright is a Lecturer in History at Maynooth University (Ireland). He has published extensively on civic society and links with imperialism in nineteenth century Ireland. His monographs include An Ulster slave-owner in the Revolutionary Atlantic (2019) and The natural leaders and their world: politics, culture and society in Belfast, c. 1801-32 (2012). He is co-editor with Daniel Sanjiv Roberts of Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947 (2019); with Georgina Largy and Olwen Purdue of Urban spaces in nineteenth-century Ireland (2018); and with Diarmid Finnegan of Spaces of global knowledge: exhibition, encounter and exchange in an age of empire (2012).


15th May 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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