Art Unlocked

Art Unlocked is an exciting project at The Linen Hall to catalogue, conserve and preserve our collection of paintings, prints and drawings. Many of these record life in and around Belfast throughout the Library’s long history. Just like the books on our shelves, the art collection is significant for the stories it holds. It is an archive of our visual culture, and a record of how society has changed. Here we reveal a selection of the treasures we have uncovered.

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Andrew Gibson: An Ardent Son

The Linen Hall holds one of the world’s largest collections of Scottish poet Robert Burns’s works and associated miscellany outside of Scotland. Former governor Andrew Gibson (1841 – 1931) is to thank in large part for this collection. The story behind the purchase and maintenance of the collection is fascinating.

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