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 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 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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Women’s history needs to be told accurately and correctly and it needs to be celebrated, for the women that we were, the women that we’ve become because of those women, and the women that our children become because of the generation before.’*

The extraORDINARYwomen project is a major undertaking that will make tens of thousands of pages and images from a selection of the Library’s world-renowned archives accessible online for the very first time. The project will focus on the social experience of women in Northern Ireland from 1965 through the ‘Troubles’ and beyond, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund (Ireland), and The Foyle Foundation.

The project will see approximately 50,000 pages and images of the Linen Hall Library’s most significant collections – including the Northern Ireland Political Collection, LGBTQ+ Archive, Literary Archives, Travellers’ Collection and the Theatre & Performing Arts Archive –digitised, conserved and shared to create a better understanding of the lives and experiences of our community’s extraORDINARYwomen.

An exciting activity programme will help to share this heritage with wider audiences through a series of exhibitions, workshops, living library and pop up events which will be delivered alongside the project.

By preserving and widening access to the Linen Hall Library’s collections, extraORDINARYwomen will fulfil the dual purpose of enriching understanding of Northern Irish culture, and the role of women within it, and holding the collections in trust for future generations.  It will honour the community’s shared heritage, build its confidence and open pathways to international collaboration.

*comment from a participant in one of the extraORDINARYwomen development phase focus groups.

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Department for Communities logo Tourism NI logo

Department for Communities:
The Department for Communities is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for Communities.

Department for Trade and Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund (Ireland):
The Reconciliation Fund is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.

The Foyle Foundation:
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant-making trust that distributes grants to UK charities.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland:
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.

Tourism Northern Ireland:
Tourism NI is responsible for the development of tourism in Northern Ireland, supporting the tourism industry and for marketing Northern Ireland as a tourist destination.


Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective

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Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective is our latest project which will look at the partition of Ireland and the birth of the Northern Ireland state, in this, its centenary year.

The project has been funded by the Shared History Fund (via the Heritage Fund and the Northern Ireland Office). It will run from September 2021 – March 2022, featuring a major exhibition, an exciting events & learning programme, as well as community engagement activity in the Belfast area.

Ireland Divided will enable the Linen Hall Library to interpret its collection from this period for the very first time, and we hope that its new exposure will increase public engagement with this important material.

The project will launch on Saturday 4th September at an event in the Linen Hall Library ‘The People’s History of Partition’. At this launch event we will reveal all of our plans for the duration of the duration of the project.

Should you have any queries about Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective please email Jason Burke on:

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