The Linen Hall Library holds world-renowned collections and always seeks ways to make those collections as available to the general public as possible. One of the ways we do this is through project funding. Below is a list of funded projects that are currently active at the Linen Hall.

Making the Future – Women in the Archives

Making the Future is a major new cultural heritage project delivered by a consortium of partners, the Nerve Centre, National Museums Northern Ireland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Linen Hall Library.

The cultural and heritage organisations are leading a change programme of cultural engagement, creativity and skills development across Northern Ireland and border counties, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Over the next three years, the Making the Future project will explore the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland and border counties in ROI and empower ordinary people to create a powerful vision for future change.

Through a programme of interconnected activities, the project will use significant objects, collections and archives as a stimulus to pose challenging questions about the past, ‘take the temperature’ of where we are at currently as a society, and create potential solutions for our future well-being.

Participants and audiences will have multiple opportunities to get involved, to have their voices heard, to tell stories relevant to their lives, and to make a positive contribution, changing themselves and society along the way.

Culture Lab: Making the Future

Examining identity and culture through a major interactive and participatory programme

Troubles Art

Exhibition of related art from National Museums NI collections, touring border counties


Exploring partition and the emergence of new social and political states

Creative Centenaries

Digital creativity programme of Hothouses linked to key centenaries in Ireland’s past

Women in the Archives

Uncovering hidden and untold stories from the archives of Linen Hall Library and PRONI

Conflict to Peace

Intergenerational programme examining our recent past through community loan box resources

100 Shared Stories

Creating shareable digital stories from the archives at PRONI reflecting on last 100 years

Cultural Fusion

Filmmaking programme with ethnic minority communities, exploring culture and identity

Making the Future Oral Archive

Development of an oral archive featuring participants across Making the Future

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Seen and Heard

The Evolution of Women’s Lives in Northern Ireland – 1965 – 2018

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this project focuses on the evolving role and attitudes of women in Northern Ireland from 1965 onwards. The key area of investigation will focus on the changing roles of women during this period, concentrating on the themes of identity, working life, family life, health and social care, industry, and the Troubles.

Drawing from the Linen Hall Library’s existing collections of archive materials, objects and ephemera, most notably the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, and the Literary Archive, this project will explore societal attitudes, issues and changes over the last fifty plus years.

The development phase of this project will assess the scope and range of the aforementioned collections, identifying the variety and wealth of material relating to women’s rights and lived experience, whilst also identifying gaps and opportunities for collections’ enhancement going forward. Alongside this, the library will engage and forge links with the wider community and women’s groups within the region in order to facilitate open discussion and gauge responses to a project of this kind.

Further to this, it is anticipated that the delivery phase of the project will result in a variety of educational and outreach opportunities.

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