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1922 – 1972 – 2022: Years of Chaos & Hope

 We are pleased to inform you that the ‘Years of Chaos & Hope’ is coming to life this August, to mark poignant anniversaries in the history of Northern Ireland.

1922 was the deadliest year of the Twenties’ conflict and 1972 was the deadliest year of the recent Troubles. 100 and 50 years on, an exhibition from the Linen Hall archives, and a series of events, curated by Melissa Baird, which will reflect on the conflict and chaos of 1922 and 1972.

The ‘Years of Chaos & Hope’ Exhibition, will be launched on Monday 1st August by Dr Eamon Phoenix, who will deliver a keynote lecture exploring the shared experiences of turmoil which characterised these two years.

The Exhibition will be on display at the Linen Hall Library Vertical Gallery from the 1st until the 31st of August.

Alongside the Exhibition, the Linen Hall Library will host a range of events to further delve into the chaos of the years. This programme will include lectures, panel discussions, and curator tours. All events must be booked in advance.

The ‘Years of Chaos & Hope’ is a project developed by the Linen Hall Library and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

 
EXHIBITION

2022 marks poignant anniversaries in the history of Northern Ireland. 1922 and 1972 were the two deadliest years of the Twenties’ Troubles and the recent conflict.

100 and 50 years on, Years of Chaos and Hope reflects on the conflicting identities, protests, backlash, arrests, evictions, expulsions, shootings, and bombs which contributed to the chaos of 1922 and 1972.

Using material from its archive, this exhibition explores the troubled times through which the Linen Hall Library and its visitors endured.

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1 – 31 August | Vertical Gallery | FREE

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1922 & 1972: YEARS OF TURMOIL, LOSS AND HOPE DEFERRED

with Dr Eamon Phoenix

‘Years of Chaos and Hope, 1922-1972-2022’ exhibition launch night with a keynote lecture delivered by Dr Eamon Phoenix.

Monday 1 August, 7 pm | Performance Area | Free

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THE TROUBLED TWENTIES

Panel Discussion

Political violence engulfed Northern Ireland in the early nineteen-twenties. Fuelled by mistrust, sectarian evictions, expulsions, and murder peaked in 1922, the deadliest year of conflict until 1972.

A panel of historians will examine issues such as civil unrest, reprisals, internment, and the border, all of which contributed to the chaos of 1922.

Monday 8 August, 1 pm | Performance Area | Free

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A TOUR OF THE ‘YEARS OF CHAOS AND HOPE’ EXHIBITION

Curator Tours

A guided tour of the exhibition with its curator, Melissa Baird, which will give further insight into the years 1922 and 1972, the artefacts on display, and the wider collections held by the Linen Hall Library.

  • Wednesday 10 August, 1 pm | Free
  • Wednesday 31 August, 1 pm | Free

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POP GOES NORTHERN IRELAND

with Tim McGarry and Malachi O’Doherty

1972 was the year in which the chaos came to the Linen Hall Library. First the bookstore on College Square North was bombed in January, and then the library building was damaged by a blast in Fountain Street in May. This reflected the wider experience in Belfast and beyond as the violence escalated throughout the year.

Showing live footage from the year, comedian Tim McGarry and commentator Malachi O’Doherty reflect on the chaos of 1972.

Monday 15 August, 7 pm | Performance Area | £5

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ARRESTS AND INTERNMENT IN THE 1970’S

Panel Discussion

In August 1971, internment without trial was re-introduced in Northern Ireland to clamp down on paramilitary activity. The consequences were counterproductive and served to heighten sectarian tensions. The legacy of internment and its aftermath polarised communities, but imprisonment and its effects on individuals, families and communities generated shared experiences across traditional divides.

In this panel discussion, a group of ex-prisoners share stories from their own troubled times, and the hopes they have for the future.

Wednesday 17 August, 1 pm | Performance Area | Free

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YEARS OF HOPE

Panel Discussion

From the chaos of Brexit, the pandemic, and climate change, a group of young activists discuss the contemporary issues of 2022, and their hopes for life in 2072.

Monday 22 August, 1 pm | Performance Area | Free

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About Melissa Baird 

Melissa Baird is a PhD researcher at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on social and cultural movements in Ireland and the United States in the twentieth century. Melissa has featured on history television programmes and podcasts, including local show History Now, and has been involved in organising several conferences and public history events in recent years.