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Linen Hall Recruiting for Head of Marketing and Digital Comms

The Linen Hall Library is currently recruiting for a Head of Marketing and Digital Communications. This is a unique opportunity to work for one of Northern Ireland’s most historic and popular organisations.  For full details click here....

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John Killen, former Linen Hall Librarian, Passes Away

We are very sad to hear about the passing of former Linen Hall Librarian John Killen.   John joined the Linen Hall as Irish and Reference Librarian in 1977 and began listing the collections and opening the resources of the Library to the public. In 1978 he was appointed Deputy…...

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Linen Hall Christmas Break

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 5.30pm Thursday 23 December until 9.30am Tuesday 4 January. The Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be closed from 5.00pm Thursday 23 December until 9.00am Tuesday 4 January. We wish all of our members and visitors a happy holiday!...

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Linen Hall January – March 2022 What’s On Guides out now

The Linen Hall What’s On Guides for January – March 2022 are now available to pick up in the Library, at tourist destination centres around Northern Ireland and at many Belfast locations. Pick one up and start planning for an exciting 2022. To book for any event click here. Or…...

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The Gibson Collection: The fertile Ulster Scots plains where Rabbie Burns flourished by Samantha McCombe

The Linen Hall Library has a depth of material that sheds light on the local love of Burns and helps explain in part why the Gibson Collection came to be deposited in the city....

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The Gibson Collection: The many tongues of Rabbie Burns by Len Pennie

Len Pennie, Scots poet and activist (@missPunnyPennie on Twitter) writes about her relationship with Burns, and picks out the foreign language Burns editions from the Gibson collection....

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The Gibson Collection: Burns’ The Scots Musical Museum by Iona Fyfe

I’m Iona, a Scots Sangster fae Huntly in Aiberdeenshire. I muived tae Glesca in 2015 an stairted studying Scots Sang unner the tutorship o Rod Paterson, ane o Scotland’s maist celebrated sangsters an exponents o Burns sangs. Ane o the first collections thit Rod telt me tae gang an luik…...

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The Gibson Collection: Scoto-Irish links an the Politics o Ulster by Paul Malgrati

The Gibson Collection, wi its squatter o Burns quairs, Burnsiana, an Burns material, is a testament tae the routh o historical links atween Ulster an Scotland. It minds us that Burns’s poetic leid, ‘chiefly in the Scottish dialect’, wis, an aye is, shared on baith sides o the Irish Sea.…...

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The Gibson Collection: James Orr – The Bard of Ballycarry by Mark Thompson

James Orr was certainly attuned to his surroundings, but he and his contemporaries also felt compelled to raise their heads and look about them, engaging both poetically and physically in the political struggles of the age. Orr was part of an Irish rebellion, which is commemorated in the early 1800s…...

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