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West Light

Susan Hughes presents a series of atmospheric paintings of breeding seabirds including Arctic terns, little terns and fulmars. She paints in response to observations made during artist residencies on Rathlin Island, Inishlacken (Connemara) and Hrisey Island (Iceland).  Hughes is greatly influenced by the birdwatching practice of her own father.

Linenopolis Walking Tour

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

During the 1800s Belfast and it's surrounding towns exploded with industry. One of the most significant industries of that time was the linen, Discover the history of Belfast's linen trade on this city-centre walking tour. Many buildings in The Linen Hall area reflect the city's past as a global industrial hub of the 19th and early 20th century.

Get Tickets £10.00 – £15.00

Blue Plaque Walking Tour

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

Discover some of Belfast's Blue Plaques on this city centre walking tour. Placed by Ulster History Circle, each plaque marks the home or workplace of a famous historic person in The Linen Hall area.

Get Tickets £10.00 – £15.00

A Word of Ulster-Scots

Liam Logan is a writer and broadcaster from North Antrim. He often refers to his homeplace as ‘the hame o the Hamely Tongue’. A native Ulster-Scots speaker and an enthusiastic promoter of Ulster-Scots, he sees it as an integral part of shared linguistic and cultural heritage.

Join Liam at The Linen Hall for a word of Ulster-Scots.

The Last Prime Minister of Ireland

On the morning of his wife’s funeral in January 1941 David Lloyd George is forced to confront his past political and personal behaviour. In his dealings with Ireland, he stands accused of deceiving both the unionist and nationalist communities, but it is the betrayal of his family and his native Wales that torture the former Prime Minister most. Tension and comedy come together in this historical drama that Splodar Theatre will bring to life in The Linen Hall.

Local Stories of Rebellion & Revolution: 1798 in Co. Down

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the 1798 rebellion, during which important military engagements occurred in Saintfield and Ballynahinch. To mark this anniversary, historians Kenneth Dawson and Jonathan Wright will discuss these linked battles, offering local stories and fresh perspectives on Co. Down's experience of rebellion and revolution.

Currently full Free

Pioneer Women of the 1930’s

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.

Their Finest Hour

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.

Love in the Time of Chaos

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.

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