Origins & Legacies: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement10th March 2023
We are looking for a Library Assistant26th January 2023
- Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm
- Sat - Closed
- Sun - Closed
The Antrim Art Club has been at the heart of the local art scene for over 70 years. Established in 1951, the club encourages, promotes, and advances participation in visual art in the community and explores the tranquillity of painting.
Every year, The Antrim Art Club holds a number of exhibitions across Antrim and Northern Ireland. This March join us at The Linen Hall for an exhibition that will highlight local talent.
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.
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.
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.
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, and Carmel Hanna.
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.
Marking the 235th anniversary of the establishment of The Linen Hall, this lecture will explore Belfast as Russell knew it, reflecting on the institutions Thomas Russell encountered, the relationships he forged and the distinctive urban spaces he inhabited.
On the 60th anniversary of his death, we celebrate the life and legacy of Louis MacNeice. Paul Muldoon, Ireland Professor of Poetry, introduces a programme of readings from, and reminisces of, the great Irish poet.
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?
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 own father.
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.
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
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The Linen Hall (Belfast Library And Society For Promoting Knowledge) is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC 104 564.