The Linen Hall Library has been awarded £57,000 through the Shared History Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office. The Fund will support groups in marking the Centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 in a thoughtful, inclusive and engaging way.
The fund received high levels of interest and following a competitive application and assessment process, 39 projects across Northern Ireland were awarded grants, including the Linen Hall Library.
The funding will help the Linen Hall run a Centenary project entitled Perspectives on Partition and the Birth of Northern Ireland 1921 – 2021. This will tell the story of one of the most significant moments in modern Northern Ireland history using the extensive and unique archives housed in the Linen Hall.
Linen Hall Director Julie Andrews says: “We’re grateful to the Northern Ireland Office and The National Lottery Heritage Fund for providing this funding. The Linen Hall is uniquely placed to tell the story of Partition as it was already 133 years old in 1921! We are excited about sharing the wealth of material held in our world-renowned archives that will significantly enhance the understanding of this momentous time in our shared history.”
In awarding grants, The National Lottery Heritage Fund prioritised those organisations which best demonstrated how they were inclusive of different audiences and interpretations of the past, in line with the Principles for Remembering.
These are a set of principles which The National Lottery Heritage Fund developed in partnership with the Community Relations Council in 2011, to help groups navigate difficult history and to ensure the stories told throughout the Decade of Centenaries were thoughtful and inclusive of a range of perspectives.
The projects funded are diverse and cover a wide range of subjects and key moments in Northern Ireland’s history, from discovering untold stories of our past, to the development of different communities to our hopes for the Northern Ireland of the future.
Mukesh Sharma, Chair, Northern Ireland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “As a leading funder of heritage throughout the UK, we understand the central role that heritage plays in people’s lives and their communities. We also recognise that there are aspects of heritage that can be challenging.
“However, our experience in supporting partners to navigate difficult periods in our history throughout the Decade of Centenaries demonstrates that there is a way to engage with difficult heritage in a positive way. No one narrative is more important than another, and it’s important we create a space that allows a range of stories to be told.
“We’re delighted to be delivering this funding on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office and have supported projects which will not only mark the Centenary but will show how we can engage with difficult heritage going forward.”
To find out more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund, go to: www.heritagefund.org.uk
To find out more about the Linen Hall Library, go to: www.linenhall.com
Notes to editors
About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
The National Heritage Memorial Fund, which also operates as The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is delivering the Shared History Fund on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office.
The Shared History Fund uses funds provided by the UK Government, and is not National Lottery funding.
Outside of this fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund uses money raised by the National Lottery, inspiring, leading and resourcing the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £41 billion for projects and over 565,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.