Origins & Legacies: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

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

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.

Your Referendum

Professor Jon Tonge and Suzanne Breen at The Linen Hall. Talk and live poll event. Your Referendum.

Professor Jon Tonge and Suzanne Breen will discuss the history of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and its referendum and ask you a question that you may or may not have had the chance to answer before: if a referendum on the Agreement was held tomorrow, how would you vote?

The Agreement: Before & After

Before and After the Agreement. A production in partnership with Ian McElhinney and Dan Gordon.

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How did playwrights address the Agreement? Join us for a flavour of some of the drama that came out of the process and crises. Curated by Ian McElhinney and Dan Gordon, readings will be performed by familiar faces whose stage careers span that seminal period in our history. 

Implementing the Agreement

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Carmel Hanna, Quintin Oliver, Conor Murphy, Lord John Alderdice at The Linen Hall.

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Join us for a panel discussion on the referendum, its competing sides, and the eventual implementation of devolution. Participants include Lord John Alderdice, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Carmel Hanna, Conor Murphy and Quintin Oliver.

The Origins of the Agreement

The Origins of the Agreement. A conversation with Gary McMichael, Monica McWilliams, Bríd Rodgers, Lord Peter Weir, and Mitchel McLaughlin at The Linen Hall.

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The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement was the product of years of talks and negotiations between politicians and community activists from Northern Ireland and across the globe. In this event, some of the protagonists of the negotiations from across the political spectrum share their insights on the origins of the Agreement that changed the history of Northern Ireland.

The Legacy of the Agreement

The Legacy of the Agreement: A panel conversation at The Linen Hall with Phillip Brett, Pádraig Delargy, Kate Nicholl, Cara Hunter, and John Stewart.

Nearly half the population of Northern Ireland today were under 18 or hadn’t even been born when the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement was signed and endorsed by referendum. Politicians from this generation share their thoughts and experiences on the impact of the Agreement and its legacies today.

Origins & Legacies: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

Origins & Legacies_ The Belfast Good Friday Agreement Exhibition by The Linen Hall

Using cartoons, badges, posters, and other artefacts reflecting the lead up to and aftermath of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, this exhibition highlights key events and the talks which paved the way for an agreement, as well as the political and societal outcomes of the accord.