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Annual General Meeting

15 June 2016

The 227th Annual General Meeting of the Linen Hall Library (Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge) will be held at 1.00pm on Wednesday 15th June 2016. Please note this is a re-arranged date. A significant number of apologies were received and, in the interests of our members, the Board of Governors decided to postpone the first date (Thursday 12 May) to facilitate attendance from...

Job Vacancies at the Linen Hall Library

20 May 2016

The Linen Hall Library has received funding to digitise part of its Northern Ireland Political Collection and will be curating exhibitions and carrying out educational outreach work as part of the Divided Society Digitisation Project. To this end, we are recruiting for a number of 18 month fixed-term positions.   PROJECT MANAGER (Ref: PM/06/16) Salary: £25 000 (36 ¼ hrs per week) Under...

Holiday Schedule 2016

19 May 2016

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2016   Spring Bank Holiday Monday 30th May   July Closure The Library will be undertaking its annual archive stocktake between Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th July inclusive. During this period the Library will be closed to the public, re-opening on Monday 18th July at...

2016 Linen Hall Writers On Writers Festival Focuses On The Feminine

05 May 2016

This year’s Writers on Writers Festival focuses on the ‘yin’ of Northern Ireland literature. The Festival, now in its third year, will run from Monday 9 May to Friday 13 May. Northern Ireland women writers, past and present, will be honoured, with the week dedicated to Christina Reid (1942 – 2015), the late playwright and a former Governor of the Linen Hall Library. Names including Lucy Caldwell, Anne Devlin, Jo Egan and Finn...

May Events at the Linen Hall

28 April 2016

POET, PAINTER, SONGWRITER EXTRAORDINAIRE – WE PAY TRIBUTE TO PERCY FRENCH IN MAY Acknowledged as one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters, Percy French (1854 – 1920) is profiled in the Linen Hall exhibition Percy French: Poet, Painter, Performer, starting on 3 May. Also in the month, Antrim Arts Club marks its 65th birthday with Paintings in Memory of World War One, a selection of work inspired...

New! Linen Hall Children's Summer Scheme

22 April 2016

Is your child between 6 and 12 years of age and a lover of books, drawing and illustration? The Linen Hall is launching a new Children’s Book Illustration Summer Scheme to run from 18 – 22 July. Kids will love this five-day course, which will involve them designing, illustrating and creating their own book. The scheme will be taught by award-winning artist and teacher Jenna Stevenson, who specialises in printmaking, bookbinding and...

Restoration Work Commences on Iconic Front Door

15 April 2016

The Linen Hall Library’s iconic front door will be closed for renovations until w/c 23 May. The work is being funded by Belfast City Council. Belfast-based J & J Mowbray Ltd. have been contracted to take on the necessary repairs which include restoration work to the  balcony above the door, and stone replacement and general repair around the door. This is a continuation of work undertaken around the front door in 2009. Entrance to the...

Writers on Writers Festival 2016

07 April 2016

We’re delighted to announce the Linen Hall Library’s 2016 Writers on Writers Festival.  This year’s Festival focuses on the contribution of Northern Ireland female writers and is dedicated to the late Christina Reid. All events are now open for booking at: For...

April Events at the Linen Hall

01 April 2016

THE CORRS COME TO THE LINEN HALL IN APRIL The dramatic and turbulent social and political climate of the early 20th century in Ireland is poignantly captured by one Belfast family in The Corr Family – Witnessing History exhibition launching at the Linen Hall on 5 April. The seminal events of that time, including the Easter Rising, Irish revolutionary period and the First World War, come...