In our cultural and our historical understanding the very words 'the Linen Hall Library? represent not just books, but better hopes for the way we live.

Seamus Heaney

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Annual General Meeting

01 April 2017

The 228th Annual General Meeting of the Linen Hall Library (Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge) will be held at 1.00pm on Thursday 18 May 2017. All members are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served from 12.30pm. Agenda 1.   Apologies 2.   Minutes of previous AGM held on 15th June 2016 3.   Reports from the Library       3.1  President’s Address      ...
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What's On in April

31 March 2017

Did it work for us? Linen Hall Marks 50th Anniversary of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in April What was the impact of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association set up in 1967, and did it achieve what it set out to do? The Linen Hall hosts a lecture and discussion about the circumstances that brought about NICRA which championed equality in Northern Ireland’s troubled times. And there’s something for the kids – an egg-citing Easter event on 15...
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Linen Hall Library Recognised as an Investor in People

28 March 2017

The Linen Hall Library has once again been awarded accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management. Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and...
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What's On in March

27 February 2017

March Comes in Like a Lion at the Linen Hall with new Exhibition War Torn Children – Plus, we mark World Book Day and International Women’s Day. In March, the Linen Hall launches a new and exclusive exhibition, War Torn Children, which lays bare the devastating consequences of military engagement on young people. Also on display is artwork produced by older people as part of the Arts Care, Here & Now Older People’s Festival. Northern Ireland Writers David Park and...
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The Devastation of War on Children

24 February 2017

The Devastation of War on Children is Theme of New Textile Exhibition Exclusively at Linen Hall in March Powerful, emotional and deeply disturbing – War-Torn Children – launching on 1st March, is a new and exclusive exhibition at the Linen Hall Library in partnership with Conflict Textiles and INNATE. The panic, fear and terrifying repercussions of war on children are expressed through a collection of intricately stitched arpilleras (three dimensional textiles) and other items...
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What's On in February

30 January 2017

Area of Outstanding Beauty – The Northern Coast is Captured in all of its Windswept Glory in February Exhibition February at the Linen Hall sees the launch of Light of the Antrim Coast, an art exhibition by David Speers focusing on the internationally renowned beauty of the Antrim coast. Sharing top billing, local theatre troupe PintSized Productions makes a return with two days of readings from influential Northern Ireland playwrights on 10 and 11 February. The February...
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Linen Hall’s Powerful Political Posters Now Accessible as Free Educational iBook

13 January 2017

Thanks to funding from the Department for Communities, the Linen Hall Library, in partnership with the Nerve Centre, has recently launched an educational iBook entitled Troubled Images – The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process 1968 - 2016 by Gordon Gillespie. Aimed at key stage 3 pupils, this interactive online resource provides the post-conflict generation with a non-biased narrative of the key events in Northern Ireland’s recent past through the medium of posters. The...
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What's On in January

06 January 2017

WHO ARE THE JEWS IN IRISH LITERATURE? THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY EXPLORES IN JANUARY EXHIBITION The Linen Hall launches its 2017 cultural calendar of events by examining Jewishness in Irish literature through the ages with an exhibition entitled Representations of Jews In Irish Literature and series of talks. The musical magic of Linley Hamilton features as well in a special January event on Friday 13. The January schedule in chronological order:   Representations of Jews in...
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Job Vacancy - Divided Society Sales & Marketing Officer

06 January 2017

THIS POST HAS NOW CLOSED!! SALES & MARKETING OFFICER (Closing date: Friday 16th June at 5.00pm)  Contract: 6 months from August 2017 Salary: £25k pro rata Hours of work: 18 hours per week Responsible to: Project Manager JOB PURPOSE: The Linen Hall Library has been awarded funding to digitise a section of its world renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection. The ‘Divided Society’ resource will be an online...