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Linen Hall Library Notice of Meetings

11 March 2013

Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge will be held in the Library at 1.00pm on Thursday 21 March 2013 to transact the following business: To consider and, if thought appropriate, approve proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Linen Hall Library   Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge will be held in the Library at...

March Events at the Linen Hall

01 March 2013

DERRY/L’DERRY ARTIST KEITH AYTON DRIFTS INTO THE LINEN HALL IN MARCH The power of water and its phenomenal ability to shape a landscape is the focus of Drifting Fluidity, an exhibition by NI artist Keith Ayton, launching at the Linen Hall Library in March. Also in March the Library marks International Women’s Day and organises literary walks around Belfast. The schedule of events in the Linen Hall in March is as follows: Bog Meadow and Surrounding Hills Runs until...

Theatre Treasures Go Digital

18 February 2013

Theatre treasures go digital to create unique learning resource. Some of Northern Ireland’s most prized theatre materials have gone digital in a project to create a unique learning resource for schools, universities, the arts sector and the general public. Thanks to a partnership between the Linen Hall Library and Ulster Bank, the acclaimed Theatre & Performing Arts Archive, which contains ‘treasures’ dating back to the 1700s, is now available in digital...

February Events at the Linen Hall

05 February 2013

IN FEBRUARY THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY TELLS THE STORY OF BELFAST 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...

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...

January Events at the Linen Hall

01 January 2013

IN JANUARY LINEN HALL LIBRARY SERVES UP SOME HAGGIS, TATTIES AND NEEPS TO KICK OFF ITS 225TH BIRTHDAY YEAR The Linen Hall Library will celebrate its 225th birthday this year and starts 2013 off showcasing one of its most prized archives with an exhibition of Scots poet Robert Burns featuring a gala Burns Supper. The schedule for January is as follows: Roman Legends and City Streets by Trevor Emerson Friday 4 January – Friday 1 March / Free Exhibition Giuseppe Verdi said...

December Events at the Linen Hall

01 December 2012

BE VERY AFRAID….THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST STALK THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY IN DECEMBER (probably seeking out the mince pies and mulled wine!) Topping the Linen Hall’s events calendar for December is the popular Wireless Mystery Theatre with their spine-tingling Christmas performance Ghosts of Christmas Past on 20 December. And there’s lots more sparkling entertainment planned for all of the family throughout the month. The schedule for December is as...

Winner of the 2012 McLaverty Award Announced

29 November 2012

MANDY TAGGART WINS 2012 LINEN HALL LIBRARY MICHAEL MCLAVERTY SHORT STORY AWARD The 2012 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award, administered by the Linen Hall Library, has been won by Mandy Taggart from Coleraine. Mandy received a cheque for £2,000 and her work, entitled Ways of the North, has been published by the Linen Hall Library.  The two runners up are Gareth Osborne, from Belfast, and Annemarie Neary with their respective works Plato on the Shore, about...

November Events at the Linen Hall

01 November 2012

A FEAST OF IRISH LITERATURE AND MUSIC IS IN STORE AT THE LINEN HALL IN NOVEMBER The Linen Hall Library will be alive with the soothing sounds of the harp in November when it plays host to the 220th Harp Festival. Also in November is a one-day conference examining leading Northern Irish writers, after which will be announced the winners of the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. The November calendar of events is as follows: Ulster Arts Club Annual Show 1 November – 31...