Supporting Communities (1965-today)

extraORDINARYwomen is a groundbreaking collections-based community driven heritage project of engagement, creativity and skills development. This project digitally preserves and makes accessible unique materials in our archives about women and collects new stories relating to issues affecting women of all generations in Northern Ireland.

It highlights activism, change, influencing and the experience of ‘ordinary’ women during the ‘extraordinary normality’ of the time. Examining roles and attitudes in Northern Ireland during a momentous period of recent history, the project focuses on women supporting and raising each other up!

Utilising culturally and historically significant collections – including political, literary, theatre, Traveller and LGBTQ+ archives – this project illuminates and celebrates the lived experience of women.

Visit extraORDINARYwomenNI.com

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Read the extraORDINARYwomen blogs to hear stories about recent women’s history in Northern Ireland – the challenges, the achievements, all inspired by the collections held at the Linen Hall Library.

Read the extraORDINARYwomen blog


The project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund (Ireland), The Foyle Foundation, Department for Communities and Tourism NI.

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