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What's On in September

01 September 2016


Five Artists = Five Interpretations of Seminal 20th Century Archive Documents Exclusively at the Linen Hall in September

It can be argued that the 1916 Proclamation document and the 1912 Covenant and Declaration are two of the 20th century’s most seminal documents, and defined the modern history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Five artists have been given free rein to interpret these documents in diagram form with fascinating multimedia results in Diagramming the Archive, running exclusively at the Linen Hall throughout September.

During the month we also continue our astrophotography exhibition Images of Starlight; invite people in for European Heritage Open Day; and compare the lives of two women, one from Communist Hungary and one from the Irish border area, in song and word in The Emigrant Woman’s Tale.

The September schedule in chronological order:

Images of Starlight

Continues until Friday 30 September / Exhibition / Free
From the sparkling curtain of the Milky Way to romantic moonscapes to the electric colour undulations of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), this photographic display captures the mystery and beauty of the universe. Jointly produced by the Irish Astronomical Association, in conjunction with the Irish Astronomical Society and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies, Images of Starlight features Northern Ireland pictures not seen before.

Diagramming the Archive

5 – 30 September / Exhibition / Free
Five artists have been given free rein to create a series of multimedia installations focusing on two of the 20th century’s most poignant moments in Irish history: the 1916 Dublin Proclamation and the 1912 Ulster Covenant and Declaration documents.

European Heritage Open Day

Saturday 10 September / Tours at 11am and 1pm / Free
Free performance by Ever After Productions at 12 noon
As one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, the Linen Hall joins many historic institutions who will throw open their doors to reveal the secrets within and celebrate our built heritage.

Ever After Productions will perform three short plays: A Question of Sex; He said, She said; and A Matter of Husbands.

The Emigrant Woman’s Tale

Thursday 15 September at 6pm / Performance/ £6 (£5 members)
Two women, two very different histories. Meet Csilla Toldy, who escaped from Communist Hungary, and Fil Campbell, who was raised on the Irish border. The two come together to share their diverse histories through music, poems and narrative.

Diagramming the Archive Workshop

Thursday 22 September at 2pm / Workshop / Free
Get an in-depth tour of our September exhibition Diagramming the Archive and an introduction to the project by lead artist Niamh McDonnell.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 29 September at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
Come along and join the discussion. This month two books are on the slate: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.

Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library PR and Marketing Officer Rachel Wetherall at or T: 028 9032 1707.

The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest charities, is open free to the public.
Our opening hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.