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Holiday Schedule 2016

24 June 2016

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2016   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 9.30am.   Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday 29th...

Linen Hall Charity Shop to Relocate

13 June 2016

The popular Linen Hall Charity Book Shop, currently located at 21 Fountain Street, will be closing on 30 June and moving to new premises. To mark the move, selected titles will be on sale for 50p. Details of the new location will be announced soon.

Do You Have Information on a 1955 Hanging?

13 June 2016

New Zealand novelist, poet and scriptwriter Dame Fiona Kidman DNZM, OBE has been in Belfast for the Belfast Book Festival talking about her novel The Infinite Air, and conducting research into a fascinating new book she is writing about the hanging of a Belfast man in New Zealand in 1955. Albert from Belfast was the second to last person hanged in New Zealand. He had become embroiled in a fight during which a man was killed. Many felt that Albert’s blame for...

Library Welcomes Battle of Jutland Artefact

09 June 2016

Most donations to the Library are books or magazines and occasionally letters, but one recent gift is somewhat more unusual. Last week Library visitor Mrs Myrtle Montgomery appeared at the Irish and Reference desk on level 4 with a miniature teak barrel made from H.M.S. Iron Duke, the flagship at the Battle of Jutland. She has kindly donated this historical artefact to our archives. On the front of the barrel is a label which reads ‘From the teak of H.M.S. Iron Duke Admiral...

Staging 2016 Gets Standing Ovation

06 June 2016

Thanks to funding from the Department for Communities, the Library recently completed a 13-week, after-school programme of drama and creative writing for local children aged 5 – 15. The aims of the project were to encourage creativity, build confidence and remove barriers to participation. The project was led by Linen Hall Education and Outreach Officer Jenna Stevenson who has taught art education in the UK and internationally for eight years. Each child created...

Linen Hall Library Recognises the Unsung Heroes of the Battlefield – The Stretcher Bearers

03 June 2016

The battlefields of WWI were brutal killing fields for soldiers with arms. But what about those without arms? The Linen Hall’s new and exclusive exhibition Stretcher Bearer! The Last Days of Mankind*, gives recognition to one of WWI’s most vital, but often overlooked heroes – the battlefield stretcher bearers. Produced by Northern Ireland artist Leslie Nicholl, the exhibition is free and runs from 3 June - 30 July. The exhibition is...

June Events at the Linen Hall

02 June 2016

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION AT THE LINEN HALL RECOGNISES THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE SOMME – THE STRETCHER BEARERS Local artist Leslie Nicholl has created a series of superbly detailed paintings and drawings of the often passed-over heroes of the First World War battlefields - the stretcher bearers. Stretcher Bearer! The Last Days of Mankind runs from 3 June – 30 July. Also in June, local theatre company Green Shoot Productions...

Annual General Meeting

13 May 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...

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...