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International Harpist to Perform at the Linen Hall in August Plus More…

Internationally renowned harpist Gráinne Hambly (pictured) will perform with the Harp Tour of Ireland in a special musical evening on Monday 5 August. On 9 August travel writer Paul Clements gives his humorous views on rambling around the back roads of Ireland.

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

1 July – 31 August/ exhibition/ free
This exciting, new exhibition will celebrate Belfast’s linen heritage and the many businesses connected to the linen industry in Belfast’s Linen Quarter. Examining social history, working life, family life and the health of the workers, it includes items from PRONI, Coleraine Museum and linen specialist McBurney and Black. The project has been funded by the Department for Communities, Tourism Northern Ireland and The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. 

Linenopolis: the Health and Welfare of Mill Workers from Records in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Thursday 1 August at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
David Huddleston will look at a range of archives, including hospital, workhouse and mill records, held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland that reveal the experiences of mill workers during the late nineteenth century. 

Bunting, Burns & Belfast
Monday 5 August at 6.00pm/ performance/ £10
A concert co-sponsored by the Harp Tour of Ireland and the Linen Hall featuring internationally recognised harpist Gráinne Hambly and Irish traditional musician Patrick Davey.                                

Linenopolis Walking Tours
Friday 9, Friday 16, or Friday 23 August and Tuesday 13 or Tuesday 20 at 10.00am/ £10pp
Celebrate the rich industrial linen heritage of Belfast with our trained tour guides. A walking map will also be available to purchase if you would like to explore the area on your own.     

Rambles Around Ireland: Humorous Travel Stories Along Irish Back Roads
Friday 9 August at 1.00pm/ lecture/  £5pp
Travel writer Paul Clements delights in the joys and pitfalls of thirty years of gallivanting around the boreens of Ireland.

Craft Workshop
Wednesday 14 August at 2.00pm/ workshop/ £8pp
Taking inspiration from the many textures found in textiles, learn how to make and decorate your own unique ceramic tea light holder with ceramicist Ashley Sheppard, using air dry clay. Take your own creation home with you to keep or give as a gift.

Living with Linen: An Illustrated Talk
Tuesday 20 August at 6.00pm/ lecture/ £5pp
Linen expert Fiona McKelvie brings us right up to date with the current uses for this sustainable fibre and how it is being developed for the future.

Reviving the Williams Liddell Archive – Past and Present
Thursday 22 August at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Trish Bedford and Barabara Dass from Ulster University will discuss and show samples from a project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore a fragile collection of 1600 photographic glass plate images. The talk will recall the history of the William Liddell weaving company and show how the new woven and printed textiles inspired by the plates were developed.

The Linen Hall will be closed on Monday 26 August for the Bank Holiday.

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm. For more information please visit our website at www.linenhall.com


 Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library Head of Digital and Marketing Comms Rachel Wetherall at r.wetherall@linenhall.com or tel: 028 9032 1707.

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