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Save the Children Chooses Linen Hall to Launch New Education Message

18 November 2013

Education is the key to equality of opportunity and a stronger economy says Save the Children NI. The organisation chose the dedicated children’s section of the Linen Hall Library in which to launch a new initiative  to tackle the achievement gap limiting poorer children’s opportunities and creating a lost generation.   Linen Hall Librarian John Killen and Fergus Cooper, Head of Save the Children NI, were given a lesson in economics by 10-year-old Eden Haycock....

?Of Mouth? Finds A Voice at Linen Hall

18 November 2013

A new lunchtime reading event organised by the popular Word of Mouth Poetry Collective kicked off on 15 November to a packed audience in the Library. ‘Of Mouth’ is to be a periodic event giving voice to established poets and those new on the scene. There is even an open mic element where audience members can read their own poetry (limited to one poem each). The inaugural event featured a celebrated line up with Eiléan Ní Chuillean in, who was awarded the 2010...

Nashville VIPs Welcomed into Linen Hall

14 November 2013

A group of VIPs from Nashville, Tennessee, were invited for a special tour of the Library this week while in town to take in Belfast Music Week. Librarian John Killen took them around the Library and selected a few archived items that would have particular interest for them. Included were maps of the United States in 1707 and 1796, the year Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union. They were interested to discover that Nashville was founded by three Ulstermen, James Robertson, Richard...

20 Facts About The Linen Hall Library

02 November 2013

1.  The Linen Hall Library was founded on 13 May 1788. 2.  The Library moved to its present location, a listed Victorian linen warehouse, in 1892. 3.  The Library’s oldest book is De Anima (1490) written by the Eastern physician, Avicenna, about health and well being. 4.  Recent VIP visitors to the Library have included HRH Prince Charles, former US President William Clinton and former Irish President Mary McAleese. 5.  Patrons of the Library include...

C.S. Lewis Exhibition Launch

01 November 2013

WORLD RENOWNED CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATOR LAUNCHES FIRST- EVER NORTHERN IRELAND EXHIBITION AT LINEN HALL LIBRARY Sail away into the world of Narnia with internationally celebrated children’s book illustrator Jonathan Barry who will exhibit a series of his stunning paintings for the first time in Northern Ireland as part of the Library’s exhibition C.S. Lewis: Through the Wardrobe running from 7 November – 24 December. The Dublin-based artist and illustrator...

Linen Hall Partners Titanic Belfast in Festival of Family and Friends

01 November 2013

We’ve partnered with Titanic Belfast in their Festival of Family and Friends taking place from 4 – 10 November at Titanic Belfast. There will be lectures, dances, talks, story-telling, tours and ancestry research – many free of charge. The Linen Hall Library will have a stand at the Festival introducing visitors to the many collections and archives held in the Library. John Killen, Linen Hall Librarian, will give a talk on Wednesday 6 November at 11.30am in The Andrews...

Sir Edward Carson?s Granddaughters View Carson Library Items

31 October 2013

This week, the Library was delighted to welcome Sir Edward Carson’s granddaughters, Morwenna and Sally, and show them a number of unique items relating to their grandfather that are held in the Library. Sir Edward Carson was a high profile barrister, judge and unionist politician and first to sign the Ulster Covenant in 1912. Amongst our many precious archives is Carson’s personal scrapbook compiled during the anti-Home Rule campaign which tells so much about the man and the...

November Events at the Linen Hall

31 October 2013

WORLD RENOWNED CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATOR LAUNCHES FIRST- EVER NORTHERN IRELAND EXHIBITION AT LINEN HALL Internationally celebrated children’s book illustrator Jonathan Barry will exhibit a series of his stunning Narnia paintings for the first time ever in Northern Ireland as part of the Library’s C.S. Lewis exhibition in November. The month also sees local artist Jennifer Hulme exhibiting a series of miniatures, plus a night of comedy with Kevin McAleer. The schedule of...

Profound and Touching Stories With Voices of Recovery

30 October 2013

Many were touched by the stories and songs performed on 10 October by the Voices of Recovery, a choir made up of people recovering from drink and drug addiction. The evening was organised as part of World Mental Health Day by Northern Ireland’s first Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Picture: Voices of Recovery perform at the Linen Hall Library.