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February Events at the Linen Hall

05 February 2013



Belfast became a town 400 years ago, and the Linen Hall Library is uniquely placed to celebrate this moment in history. The Library holds the largest collection of Belfast printed material in the world, including the first book published in the city*. This and other rarely seen material will be featured in the exhibition The Story of Belfast, which is free to the public and runs from 5 February – 30 March.

The schedule of events in the Linen Hall in February is as follows:

Roman Legends and City Streets by Trevor Emerson

Running until Friday 1 March / Free Exhibition
Giuseppe Verdi said: “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” In this photographic exhibition Emerson captures the grandeur and history of Italy and juxtaposes it with the very different flavour of rural Ireland.

Bog Meadow and Surrounding Hills

5 February – 30 March / Free Exhibition
Named after a Michael Longley couplet, this exhibition spans 400 years and focuses on the men and women who have striven to live the writer’s life in Belfast, and those born here who took their typewriters and pens abroad.

The Story of Belfast

5 February – 30 March / Free Exhibition
400 years ago, Belfast was granted a Town Charter. This exhibition takes the viewer through the story of this great city, from prehistoric times through the heady industrial revolution, when Belfast was the centre of the world’s linen trade, to the modern day.

Lecture and Launch of Belfast 400 Celebrations

Wednesday 6 February at 1pm / Free
Join us to launch the Library’s programme of events to mark the Belfast 400 celebrations. We will explore the founding of the town, its people, its history and geography.

*An Answer To the Bishop of Derry’s Second Admonition To The Dissenting Inhabitants In his Diocess (1698) by Robert Craghead.

The Cave in the Hill

Saturday 9 February at 11am / Free Children’s Storytelling
Children’s entertainer Randall Stephen Hall acts out the story of the Cave Hill Diamond – a rare jewel found in the Cave Hill area of Belfast and recently donated to the Linen Hall Library where it is on permanent display in the coffee shop.

Navigating Lough Neagh and the River Bann: An Archival Exploration

Wednesday 27 February at 1pm / Free Talk
Lorraine Burke examines the River Bann in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – its vitality for Ireland’s first settlers, its starring role in the linen boom and the archaeological artifacts it has given up.

(This talk is part of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland series of talks.)

Linen Hall Library Reading Group

Thursday 28 February at 1.10pm / Free Talk
Join us for our regular reading group to debate and discuss the chosen title for the month. February’s title is Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence.

For more information about these events and the Linen Hall Library in general, please visit our website at

Pictures and interviews are available upon request.

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 028 9032 1707 or on email at