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Fascinating Lectures and Christmas Crafts Light Up December at the Linen Hall

The captivating history of the Belfast Sirocco fan company, now known as Howden, is told by expert Eric Woods on 11 December, and on 17 December the intriguing personalities of the famous Bigger family of Mallusk are illuminated by archivist Aaron McIntyre. On 6 December, Ciaran Doran demonstrates how to make your own wrapping paper for that personal holiday touch.

 The schedule of December events in date order is as follows: 

From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New
Continues until 20 December/ exhibition/ free
Explores the socio-cultural and linguistic impact on Northern Ireland of its changing population, from when the first Celtic speakers arrived, to the present day. Also woven throughout the exhibition are a series of arpilleras (three-dimensional textiles) that represent language conveyed through textiles. The Peace Process has made Northern Ireland more attractive to economic migrants which has resulted in unprecedented inward migration so that ethnic minorities in the region and their languages have become increasingly audible and visible. Co-curated by Prof Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University, and Drs Frances Kane and Kate Mairs, Queen’s University Belfast, with human rights advocate Roberta Bacic, curator of Conflict Textiles.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 5 December at 1.00pm/ Irish language book club/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your language skills? Join in the conversation. This month’s title is An Nollaig Thiar by Breandán Ó hEithir.

Let’s Get Wrapped Up for Christmas
With Ciaran Elizabeth Doran
Friday 6 December 10.00am – 1.00pm/ workshop/ £10pp
Make your own wrapping paper and Christmas cards. All materials provided.

Ireland: A Nation of Immigrants
With Professor Cormac Ó Gráda
Tuesday 10 December at 6.00pm/ lecture/ £5pp
Irish immigration a century ago, and the situation today are discussed. 

Made in Belfast – Samuel C Davidson and his Amazing Sirocco Fans
With Eric Woods
Wednesday 11 December at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
With no formal engineering training or qualifications, Samuel Davidson designed and built the Sirocco fan that was and is still sold all around the world.

The Bigger Family Picture: From 1798 to Partition
With Aaron McIntyre, Archive and Heritage Development Officer, Clifton House
Tuesday 17 December at 1.00pm/ lecture/ £5
Exploring the Bigger family of Mallusk and Belfast through some of the family’s most interesting personalities, from David Bigger, United Irishman, to the Home Rule MP Joe Bigger and the noted antiquarian Francis Joseph Bigger. Presented in association with Belfast Charitable Society.

Christmas Songs at the Linen Hall
Thursday 19 December at 11.30am – 12.15pm/ open house/ free
Join us for some festive cheer with the Belfast Boys Model School who will sing a selection of holiday songs, and a visit from Tinkerbell the donkey. There will also be holiday punch and mince pies. Have a look around our exclusive selection of book-themed gifts. We also have gift membership packages for the gift that lasts all year.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 19 December at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free
All are welcome to come along and join in the discussion of the chosen book of the month. December’s title up for discussion is The Fire Starters by Jan Carson.

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 2.30pm Tuesday 24 December until 9.30am Thursday 2 January.

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