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Cast of TV's 'Give My Head Peace' and the Linen Hall Hold Night of Comedy Fundraiser

08 September 2017

CAST OF TV’S GIVE MY HEAD PEACE AND THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY HOLD NIGHT OF COMEDY FUNDRAISER AT STORMONT In a fundraising first, TV’s most dysfunctional family from BBC NI’s popular comedy Give My Head Peace will gather at the Great Hall, Stormont, on Wednesday 11 October at 7.30pm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show’s first filming and to raise money for the Linen Hall Library. NI comedian, actor and writer Tim McGarry will open the evening with his...

Addicts Rise From the Ashes Through Art Therapy in September Linen Hall Exhibition

31 August 2017

ADDICTS RISE FROM THE ASHES THROUGH ART THERAPY IN SEPTEMBER LINEN HALL EXHIBITION It’s back-to-school time and back to a full schedule of events at the Linen Hall in September. Recovering addicts have found healing through art in the new Linen Hall exhibition From the Ashes, which runs from 1 – 30 September.  We also open the doors on European Heritage Open Day with free tours and a fun family event on 9 September.  The September schedule is as follows: From...

Job Vacancy - Divided Society Project Assistant

31 August 2017

PROJECT ASSISTANT Job Description Contract Fixed term: from date of appointment to 31 January 2018 Location Northern Ireland Political Collection Salary £15,000 per annum Hours of work 36¼ hours per week Responsible To: Project Manager Job Purpose: The post holder, under the direction of the Project Manager, will assist in the delivery of the ‘Divided Society’ digitisation and outreach project. In particular he/she will be responsible for all...

Linen Hall Launches New 'Troubles' Exhibition 'We Lived It'

07 August 2017

On Wednesday 2 August, the Linen Hall launched ‘We Lived It – the social impact of the Troubles’. This exhibition and oral history project revisits a turbulent decade in Northern Ireland, capturing the day-today-day reality of living in the midst of conflict. Rachel Brady, Divided Society Education and Outreach Officer, led the launch describing it as a “thought-provoking exhibition based on the Linen Hall’s ‘Troubles’ collection which now numbers...

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...