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Linen Hall Celebrating Million Funding Boost

31 January 2013


Linen Hall Library Awarded £1 Million Funding Boost from Heritage Lottery Fund

Belfast’s Linen Hall Library is today celebrating a £1million grant from the Catalyst Endowment programme awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Linen Hall Library is the only Northern Ireland charity chosen to receive this exceptional grant. The programme will match every £1 raised by the Linen Hall Library with £1 up to a value of £1 million over a four-year period; thus the Library has the potential to raise £2 million to secure its future.

This comes at a particularly poignant moment in the Library’s history as it is poised to celebrate its 225th birthday in May 2013.

George Priestley OBE, President of the Linen Hall Library Board of Governors, said: “On behalf of the Board of Governors and the staff of the Linen Hall Library, I am delighted that we have been awarded a place on the Catalyst Endowment programme. The award is tangible proof of the continued support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the work of the Library.”

Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland, said: “The Linen Hall Library was chosen as a recipient of the award because it is one of the premier cultural institutions in Northern Ireland, if not the whole of the United Kingdom. The Library holds unique international resources about Ireland, and this award gives it the opportunity to protect and promote these treasures internationally.”

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I am very pleased that the board and management of the Library are working closely with others to secure its position in the future. The Heritage Lottery Fund aims to give people a better opportunity to experience, enjoy, care for and protect our heritage and I believe this award will help the Linen Hall Library achieve that.”

The Catalyst Endowment programme is a joint initiative between the Departure for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Designed to bring new money into the cultural sector, the programme offers match-funding to help arts and heritage organisations secure their financial stability by building a new endowment fund or developing an existing one. The organisations will use the grants of between £500,000 and £5 million to attract money from private philanthropic sources.


For more information about the Linen Hall Library visit For more information about the Catalyst Endowment programme visit





Notes to editors:

George Priestley OBE, President of the Linen Hall Library Board of Governors; and John Killen, Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, are available for interview about the Catalyst Endowment award.


Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund has today announced Catalyst Endowment grants totalling £27.5 million in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland. More information is available on


The Heritage Lottery Fund will run a second round of Catalyst Endowment grants in the autumn, with awards to be announced in Spring 2013.


The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public. Our opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.


For more information contact Rachel Wetherall, Marketing and PR Officer at the Linen Hall Library, on mobile 07798 814 696; tel: 028 9032 1707 or on email at