Our June Events at a Glance

Susan Hughes exhibition at The Linen Hall. West Light.

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

Love in the Time of Chaos

'Love in the Years of Chaos' a conversation between Rosemary Jenkinson and Wendy Erskine at The Linen Hall.

Rosemary Jenkinson is an author, playwright, and one of the boldest and most sparkling chroniclers of contemporary life. Join Rosemary just a few weeks after her latest short story collection ‘Love in the Time of Chaos’ is published for a conversation with critically acclaimed author of ‘Sweet Home’ and ‘Dance Move’, Wendy Erskine.

Their Finest Hour

Their Finest Hour. A digitisation project at The Linen Hall.

As personal stories of the Second World War fade from living memory, it is vital that these stories and the objects that accompany them are preserved. The Linen Hall is working with Their Finest Hour, a University of Oxford project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to collect and digitise objects and stories from this time. Bring your diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, objects, or stories about your family’s experience in the war to be recorded and added to the online archive. Volunteers will be on hand from 10am to 4pm to welcome you and help record your story and photograph your objects.

Pioneer Women of the 1930’s

Pioneer Women of the 1930's. A talk by Daniel Kowalsky at The Linen Hall.

Few visions of modernity are more potent than that of the itinerant interwar camerawoman: clad in trousers, ranging across public squares, valleys, and mountains, mixing with militias, and armed with a Leica or Rolleiflex. Dora Maar (1907-1997) Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942), and Gerda Taro (1910-1937) forged a new métier: the female photojournalist. Their cameras firstly set them apart, but their uniquely modernist materiality is discernible elsewhere, as this lecture will explore.

After Auschwitz

On Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, join Daniel Kowalsky, Lecturer in European Studies, Queen’s University Belfast. The starting point for his talk is the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945.

Francis Hutcheson and Contemporary Ireland

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.

Andrew Gibson 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.

Campbell College: The Men Behind the Glass

‘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.