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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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:...

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      ...

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...

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...

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...

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...