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Linen Hall Studies Faces and Places in Two June Exhibitions

31 May 2018

LINEN HALL STUDIES FACES AND PLACES IN TWO JUNE EXHIBITIONS The little known, but hugely influential, Belfast poet Pádraic Fiacc is the inspiration behind the art exhibition Faces of Fiacc, launching at the Linen Hall on 1 June. Also in June visual artist Kevin Hamilton takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey around some of Belfast’s iconic buildings. The schedule of events in date order is as follows: Belfast Perspectives By Kevin Hamilton 1 June – 31 July...

Linen Hall Closed for Late May Bank Holiday

17 May 2018

The Linen Hall Library will be closed on Monday 28 May for the Bank Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday 29 May at 9.30am.

Linen Hall Library AGM - 2017 Annual Report and Accounts Now Available

10 May 2018

The Linen Hall Library 2017 Annual Report and Accounts are now available. Please click on the links below: Linen Hall Library 2017 Annual Report Linen Hall Library 2017 Accounts Linen Hall Library AGM 2017 Minutes The Linen Hall Library AGM will take place on Thursday 17 May at 1.00pm. All paid up members are invited to attend. Linen Hall Library AGM 2018 Agenda

Linen Hall Celebrates 230th Birthday in 2018 Writers on Writers Festival 9 - 12 May

03 May 2018

LINEN HALL CELEBRATES 230TH BIRTHDAY IN THIS YEAR’S 2018 WRITERS ON WRITERS FESTIVAL It is 230 years since ‘a group of worthy plebians who would do honour to any town’ gathered for the first meeting of what would become the Linen Hall Library. This year’s Writers on Writers Festival not only celebrates this milestone birthday, but spotlights some of the colourful characters of the Library’s birth city – Belfast.   The schedule of events...

Linen Hall Receives £50,000 Grant From HLF, Tourism NI and the Dept for Communities for New Cultural Project

03 May 2018

The Linen Hall Library is delighted to receive a £50,000 grant as one of nine projects chosen by Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland to explore new ways to celebrate and promote Northern Ireland’s diverse cultural heritage. The Library will be working with rthe Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) to explore the history of Belfast's linen trade.  The funding is the result of a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Tourism NI and...

Linen Hall Closed for May Day Bank Holiday

30 April 2018

The Linen Hall Library will be closed on Monday 7 May for the May Day bank holiday. The Library will reopen on Tuesday 8 May at 9.30am.

Heaney and Longley 1968 Poetry Tour de Force Revisited in May

30 April 2018

Linen Hall Marks 50 Years Since Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley Embarked on Poetry Tour de Force Fifty years ago, at a time when Northern Ireland balanced precariously on the brink of 30 years of conflict, poets Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley (pictured) embarked on an unprecedented regional poetry reading tour entitled Room to Rhyme. In May, the Linen Hall remembers this ground-breaking poetry tour-de-force with a conference focusing on Northern Ireland poetry and crisis, and a...

A Career Captured and Donated to the Linen Hall

23 April 2018

Facinating Local Journalist Archive Donated to the Library The Library was delighted to receive a donation from Susan Baker of the work of her late mother journalist Ruth Barnett Baker.  A prolific writer who started at the Belfast News Letter as a junior reporter, Ruth Barnett Baker eventually worked her way up to writing regular articles for Ulster Tatler, Northern Life and Northern Woman. She was also a Life Member of the Linen Hall...

New and Exclusive 'Troubles' Photographic Exhibition at the Linen Hall in April

06 April 2018

The Desolation and Destruction of the ‘Troubles’ Captured in New and Exclusive Linen Hall Photography Exhibition Launching on 10 April in the Linen Hall is the poignant photography exhibition Melancholy Witness Images of the Troubles by Séan Hillen. The documentary feel of the images elicits a powerful emotional response. Also in April meet the Workman family of 19th century Belfast and get a glimpse into life for a middle-class textile industrialist at that time,...