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Linen Hall Reopens in August and Raises the Curtain on its Theatre Archive

We’re delighted to welcome the public back into the Library from August 17 (reduced hours of 10.00am – 3.00pm). We also continue our popular online cultural events programme with an exciting schedule featuring a look at some of the fascinating items held in our Theatre and Performing Arts collection and a new series of talks starting with a spotlight on the poet Joseph Campbell. 

 August events schedule: 

 Monday 10 August at 1.00pm
*New Series* From The Linen Hall Archives
Joseph Campbell: Forgotten Poet and Irish Rebel with Jason Burke
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels
Jason Burke, Linen Hall Arts & Cultural Programmer, will commence a brand-new series in which he delves into the Linen Hall archives to unearth some fascinating treasures. The first lecture will focus on the forgotten poet and Irish rebel Joseph Campbell who penned the words to the traditional airs My Lagan Love and Gartan Mother’s Lullaby. Not only that, Campbell was a founding member of the Ulster Literary Theatre (c.1904) and the Irish Volunteers (1913). He took part in the Easter Rising (1916), became a Sinn Fein Councillor in 1921, and was interned by pro-treaty forces during the Irish Civil War in 1922/23.

17 August – 28 August
All the World’s a Stage
Treasures from the Linen Hall’s Theatre and Performing Arts Archive
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Curated by our extraORDINARYwomen project, enjoy the best of local theatre as we explore the archives of Belfast’s theatres and companies, spotlight unique programmes and playbills, and learn more about the playwrights who have challenged and entertained us. All items are from the Linen Hall’s Theatre and Performing Arts archive.

Wednesday 19 August at 1.00pm
World Photo Day, with John Baucher
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels
Join us as we celebrate World Photo Day 2020 with photographer and artist John Baucher. In this presentation, John will explore a series of iconic photographs that have inspired his work to date as well as the highs and lows of his own career. John is an artist based in the Vault Artist Studios in East Belfast and has enjoyed a 25-year career exhibiting and working within the community arts sector.
The presentation will be followed by an online Q&A session from 1.45pm. Please email Jason.burke@linenhall.com if you wish to take part in the Q&A.

Northern Ireland Political Collection Series with Paul Donnelly
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels: Monday 24 August, 1pm
Paul Donnelly is a teacher, mediator and international tour guide with Dead Centre Tours. He has won a number of prestigious awards including ‘Top UK Guide’ at Wanderlust’s ‘World Guide Awards’ in October 2019. During this talk, Paul will reflect on how the Linen Hall Library and its extensive Political Collection have been of benefit to him in his various roles throughout the years.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 27 August at 1.00pm
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via the Zoom conferencing application (https://zoom.us/). Members are invited to join in. If you would like to attend the virtual group, please email Senior Library Assistant Melissa Flynn at m.flynn@linenhall.com. The title for discussion is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. If you would rather not attend the virtual group, you can still send your written reviews to info@linenhall.com 

Writing History, with Professor Brian Walker
Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels: Thursday 27 August, 3pm
Professor Emeritus Brian Walker is a distinguished historian and former president of the Linen Hall Library. He is the author or editor of some 15 books on Irish and local history, including Sentry Hill: an Ulster farm and familyNo mean city: Belfast 1880-1914 and, recently, Irish history matters: politics, identities and commemoration. In this lecture he will reflect, not only on his own work, but also n how approaches to history writing have changed over the last 50 years.

The Linen Hall Library’s social network channels can be found at: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Notes to editor:
If you would like any additional information, please contact Rachel Wetherall, Head of Digital and Marketing Communications, on r.wetherall@linenhall.com.