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Linen Hall Powers Into New Year With Two New Exhibitions Centred Around Conflict and Robert Burns

Intricate textiles created in areas of conflict around the world feature in the exhibition Torn From Home: Remembering the Holocaust at the Linen Hall from 10 January. And it’s a Burn’s bonanza this month with an exhibition and events around our world-famous Burns collection, the second largest outside of Scotland.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Torn From Home: Remembering the Holocaust
10 January – 28 February/ exhibition/ free
Marking the 90th anniversary of WWII diarist Anne Frank’s birth, this exhibition reflects on how enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ may be part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution. Includes original textile artworks, memorabilia, photos and items from the ‘Conflict Textiles’ collection based at Ulster University.

Andrew Gibson: An Ardent Son
10 – 31 January / exhibition/ free
Marking the 260th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, we take a closer look at Andrew Gibson, former Governor of the Linen Hall Library, and his extensive collection of Burns and Burnsiana which became the central part of our Burns archive. Discover how the collection came to be in Belfast and what treasures it contains.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 10 January at 1.00pm/ reading group/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club. This month the title for discussion is Cuairt na Cruinne in Ochtó Lá by Julies Verne. 

Ulster-Scots Unwrapped: Hidden Treasures at the Linen Hall Library
With Mary Delargy
Monday 21 January at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Most of us are aware of the outstanding collection of Burns and Burnsiana held in the Library, but how much do you know about the material in the Ulster-Scots collection? With books dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day, the collection provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the Ulster-Scots community.

Andrew Gibson Memorial Lecture 2019
Andrew Gibson – a Bibliophile in Belfast
With Samantha McCombe
Wednesday 23 January at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Linen Hall Librarian Samantha McCombe discusses the Library’s Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana, the largest collection of material relating to Robert Burns outside of Scotland.

An Ode to Burns and Ulster
Friday 25 January at 1.00/ screening/ free
Presented by Doubleband Films, well-known TV personality Neil Oliver embarks on a literary journey to meet some of Ulster’s most celebrated poets, including Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin.

Holocaust Memorial Day Event
Monday 28 January at 11.00am/ tour/ free
Meet Roberta Bacic, curator of ‘Conflict Textiles’, an international collection of textile artworks which focuses on elements of conflict and human rights abuses. Learn the fascinating and moving stories behind the exhibition pieces.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 31 January at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 2.00pm Monday 24 December until 9.30am Wednesday 2 January 2019.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com

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