To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

W. Somerset Maugham


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Linen Hall Awarded 4-star Visitor Attraction Rating From Tourism NI

04 August 2017

The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce that we have achieved a 4-star Visitor Attraction rating by Tourism NI*. This is the first year the Library has moved from a 3-star rating into the 4-star category. Tourism NI said: "Many congratulations. This is a great achievement for the Library, and we are delighted to award you 4 stars." Linen Hall Director Julie Andrews said: "We have worked hard to make the Library as interesting and engaging as possible for visitors...

What's On In August

28 July 2017

HOW DID WE LIVE THROUGH THEM? THE REALITY OF LIFE DURING THE TROUBLES IS FOCUS OF NEW LINEN HALL EXHIBITION In a decade that saw Nelson Mandela freed and elected president of South Africa, the first Gulf War break out, Harry Potter exploding onto the bookshelves and the appearance of the Euro….. Northern Ireland was wading through the fourth decade of its Troubles. Daily searches, bomb alerts, no-go areas, what was life like for those living in 90s Northern Ireland? From 2 - 30...

What's On in July

30 June 2017

Linen Hall Heads into the Holiday Season with a Double Dip of Cultural Art Exhibitions In July at the Linen Hall Irish warrior hero Cú Chulainn comes to life in a series of striking paintings in the Hero of Heroes exhibition, and artist Joe Gildea studies the diversity of Northern Ireland people and landscapes in a series of canvasses in ‘Here and There’. Both start on Monday 3 July. And start queuing for Europe’s most celebrated folk theatre ensemble, the...

Holiday Schedule 2017 / 2018

26 June 2017

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2017 / 2018   July Holidays Wednesday 12th July Thursday 13th July   Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday 28th August   Christmas Holidays 2017 / 2018 The Library will close at 5.30pm on Friday 22nd December 2017, re-opening on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

What's On in June

02 June 2017

Photojournalist Martin Nangle’s Pictures of the ‘Troubles’ Capture Belfast’s Turbulent Times at the Linen Hall in June Belfast during the ‘Troubles’ had its own unique culture. Photojournalist Martin Nangle had a particular interest in visually capturing this chapter in Northern Ireland’s history. His evocative collection of photographs, Street Life: Works by Belfast Photographer Martin Nangle, 1973 – 1989, covers some of the darkest days of...

Communities Share Past and Present Through Eye of a Camera

05 May 2017

This week the Linen Hall Library in partnership with Belfast Exposed, and with funding provided by the Department for Communities, launched the photographic exhibition The Past, Present and Future. The project brought together traditional, and new and emerging communities using photography as a medium through which to explore their cultural space in Northern Ireland. The Linen Hall Library archives were used as inspiration and reference. A number of community organisations took part...

What's On in May

28 April 2017

Linen Hall Library Unlocks the Life of Colourful Fifties Entertainer Josef Locke The Tom Jones of his day, Northern Ireland-born Josef Locke (1917 – 1999) was the housewives’ favourite choice in the 40s and 50s. But who was this larger-than-life variety bill topper? The Linen Hall delves into the archive box and draws forth the largest collection of memorabilia ever displayed to mark Locke’s birth centenary. Josef Locke Centenary is a free exhibition and runs from 3...

Writers Festival Celebrates Working Class Literary Heroes

27 April 2017

The Linen Hall Library’s popular Writers on Writers Festival is back for its fourth year with the focus on local working class writers and the Irish working class as a literary theme. Guests include playwright Gerry McCullough, and writers Gary Mitchell and Glenn Patterson. The Festival runs from 10 – 12 May with talks, conversations, workshops and a screening of a BBC NI production. The Writers on Writers May schedule is as follows:   Thomas Carnduff 1886 –...

BBC Radio 4 Bookclub Comes to the Linen Hall

10 April 2017

The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce that the BBC Radio 4 nation-wide programme Bookclub will record from the Linen Hall on Thursday 22 June. Bookclub is hosted by James Naughtie, and the book selected to be discussed on 22 June is The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe. This marks the first-ever visit of Bookclub to the Library, and the first time a nation-wide BBC radio programme has recorded a full show in the Linen Hall. Director Julie Andrews said:...