In July the Linen Hall Library dives between the linen sheets and recounts the boom and bust tale of the Belfast linen industry with a new exhibition, Linenopolis, and series of linen-themed events.
The schedule of July 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 National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The Weaver and the Factory Maid: Songs of the linen trade.
Thursday 4 July at 6.00pm/ performance/ £8
Popular songsters Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy have been performing Ulster folk songs for over 30 years. Tonight the songs are all themed around the linen trade.
Looking for the ‘Northlight’: John Hewitt and the literature of linen.
With Dr Frank Ferguson, Ulster University
Friday 5 July at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Dr Ferguson will trace the impact of the Rhyming Weavers on poet John Hewitt’s work.
Field of Dreams
With Sir Bob Salisbury
Wednesday 31 July at 1.00pm/ book launch/ free
An inspiring story of how the Salisburys – enthusiastic but amateur gardeners – transformed an unloved rural wasteland into a thriving, renowned wildlife garden. The book celebrates the Irish countryside and its wildlife with great warmth, humour and lightness of touch.
The Linen Hall will be closed on Friday 12 July and Monday 15 July for the July holidays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 028 9032 1707.