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On Monday 1 July, the Linen Hall Library launches Linenopolis, a major, new exhibition celebrating, examining and spotlighting the historic social and industrial linen industry of Belfast and Northern Ireland. The exhibition and associated events and activities are funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland, Tourism NI and…...

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Linen Hall July to September What’s On Guide Now Out

The Linen Hall Library What’s On guide for July to September is now available. Pick up a copy in the Linen Hall, at various Belfast venues or through NI tourist information centres. Or download here.  ...

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Today, with a few clicks, you can find directions to just about anywhere on the globe. But that wasn’t the case in yesteryear. From 5 – 26 June, the Linen Hall features the exhibition Mapping Urban Ireland which offers a fascinating window into the development of Irish towns over time.…...

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Linen Hall Announces Winner of the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award

Eamon McGuinness from Dublin was today announced as the winner of the prestigious Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Eamon received a cheque for £2,000 and his story ’Nothing He Couldn’t Carry’ has been published in a limited-edition anthology entitled Nothing He Couldn’t Carry and Other Stories which is available to…...

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Happy 231st Birthday Linen Hall Library

Two-hundred-and-thirty-one years ago today the Linen Hall Library was founded by a group of ‘worthy plebians who would do honour to any town.’ Since then the Linen Hall has become synonymous with all that is of cultural importance in Belfast and Northern Ireland. Director Julie Andrews says: “It is of…...

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Linen Hall Library May Holidays

The Linen Hall Library and the Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be closed on Monday 6 May for the May Bank Holiday, and Monday 27 May for the Spring Bank Holiday.  ...

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Linen Hall’s Writers on Writers Festival is Back in May

The popular Linen Hall Writers on Writers Festival returns in May with a series of events focusing on the experience of reading, writing and publishing. We also announce the winner of the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award on Wednesday 15 May. Former Belfast Telegraph picture editor and award-winning photojournalist Gerry…...

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Donation of Splendid Illuminated Manuscript

The Library was delighted to recently receive a donation of a splendid illuminated manuscript which had been presented to the late John A Watson by the Belfast Evening Telegraph in April 1914.  Mr Watson, a journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym ‘Flambeau’, was given this impressive volume as recognition…...

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Easter Holiday Closure 22 and 23 April

The Linen Hall Library and the Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be closed on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 April for the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Wednesday 24 April at 9.30am. For a full list of upcoming Library closures click here....

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Hidden Female Voices Uncovered in Exhibitions at PRONI and the Linen Hall Library

The Linen Hall Library and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) have come together to present simultaneous exhibitions uncovering hidden female voices and stories from across the centuries. The EU funded In Her Words and Anonymous Was A Woman exhibitions will open to the public on Thursday 11…...

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