Our January events at a glance



‘The Men Behind the Glass’ is a photographic exhibition that pays tribute to the sacrifice made by 126 pupils and one staff member of Campbell College in the Great War. The project outlines how these men, boys, and their families lived, fought, survived, or died. With the support of PRONI and funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, over 100 photographs have been preserved to allow the stories of these boys and men to be told.

10th – 27th January | Free


Online Talk

Francis Hutcheson was an Ulster-Scot philosopher who became known as one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was notable for his humane view of mankind – for him, there was inherent goodness in people. Join Philip Orr,

author of ‘The Secret Chain: Francis Hutcheson and Contemporary Ireland’, for an online conversation on moralism and the Scottish Enlightenment.

Friday 13th January, 7 pm | Free


Memorial Lecture

In this year’s Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture, Ian Crozier, CEO of the Ulster-Scots Agency, will talk about the life and legacy of the former Linen Hall Governor and Burns Collector, Andrew Gibson. Gibson was a businessman and philanthropist from Ayrshire, who came to Belfast with his family in the 1880s. Gibson is the man responsible in large part for The Linen Hall Burns archive, which is one of the largest, and most important, outside of Scotland.

Monday 16th January, 1 pm | Free


A Play by Neil Speers

Willy and Jamey walked to Dunluce Castle to celebrate that they had settled their differences. On returning home, they discover that their wives Masie and Rose expect them to do a share of the chores. What they do next might surprise you.

Dan Gordon and Marty Maguire bring to life the second act of Neil Speers’ play, ‘Dunluce’. Join us for a one-off performance at The Linen Hall.

Wednesday 18th January, 1 pm | £5


Award Ceremony

With the support of the Ulster-Scots Agency, The Linen Hall organised its second Ulster-Scots Writing Competition last Autumn. The two competition categories were prose and poetry. The winner for each section and one runner-up for each section will be announced on the day and the winning entries will be published in a special edition anthology.

Join us for a celebration that will highlight new Ulster-Scots writing talent.

Thursday 26th January, 1 pm | Free



On Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, Daniel Kowalsky, Lecturer in European Studies (QUB) will talk about what followed the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945. For over eight decades, the world struggled to document and represent an event that would soon be understood as a rupture with civilisation. This talk will conclude by considering how post-9/11 memory wars and resurgent antisemitism have nonetheless failed to undo the remarkable collective progress made over the last half-century in understanding the Holocaust. 

Friday 27th January, 1 pm |Free

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Susan Hughes exhibition at The Linen Hall. West Light.

Our June Events at a Glance

WEST LIGHT Exhibition | 02 June – 30 June | 9.30 am – 5.30 pm | Free Susan Hughes presents a series of atmospheric paintings of breeding seabirds including Arctic

Annual General Meeting

The 233rd Annual General Meeting of the Linen Hall Library (Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge) will be held at 1.00pm on Thursday 25 May 2023 in The Linen

'Origins & Legacies: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement' project at The Linen Hall.

Origins & Legacies: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, The Linen Hall is launching a new project to explore its origins and legacies. Through an exhibition, a series of events and an oral history project, The Linen Hall will reflect on the processes which led to the accord, the competing sides of the referendum campaign, and its impact.

We are looking for a Library Assistant

The Linen Hall is seeking a full-time, temporary Library Assistant. To apply, please submit a CV with covering letter detailing your experience by email to info@linenhall.com by Friday 3rd February, at 5 pm.

We are looking for an Archive Project Assistant

‘The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: Origins and Legacies’ project will explore making, agreeing, and keeping peace in Northern Ireland from the early 1990s until the present day. The project is seeking applications for the role of Archive Project Assistant.