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Become a Member and Win Sumptuous Wildflower Print Portfolio

29 November 2016

Take out membership of the Linen Hall Library in December or January for yourself, or as a gift, and you will automatically be entered into a competition to win a stunning limited edition portfolio of wild flower paintings worth £125. Entitled Wild Flowers and Plants of Rathlin Isalnd, this gorgeous set of eight carefully selected botanical prints was painted by sisters Catherine and Barbara Gage who lived on Rathlin Island in the mid 19th century. The original albums were acquired by...

What's On in November

01 November 2016

LINEN HALL OPENS THE WARDROBE DOOR TO EXPLORE C.S. LEWIS’ ULSTER SCOTS’ ROOTS IN NOVEMBER The Linen Hall delves into the past of C.S. Lewis, one of the intellectual literary giants of the 20th century, in the new exhibition C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth which runs from 2 – 30 November. Discover how Lewis’ early years in Northern Ireland inspired his writings and the characters within his stories. November is also fundraising month at the Linen Hall....

Linen Hall Library Welcomes President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

31 October 2016

On 27 October, the Linen Hall Library was honoured to welcome President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The red carpet was rolled out for this special event. As a poet, President Higgins has always wanted to visit the Library in an official capacity and view the many world-renowned collections held here. He was greeted by Director Julie Andrews and Linen Hall Board President Anne Davies. Other VIPs included Communities Minister Paul Givan, US Consul General Daniel Lawton, Department for...

Linen Hall Library Readathon Returns

30 September 2016

We’re excited to announce that the Linen Hall Readathon is returning on Friday 4 November from 10am – 5pm to kick off another month-long fundraising drive. The first Readathon took place in November 2015, and at the end of the month over £4,000 was raised. To participate, just show up, pay £5 and read anything you like for fifteen minutes on the pop-up stage located in the General Reception area on Level 2. Or you can book your slot by contacting the Library on...

What's On in October

30 September 2016

SHAKESPEARE IS ALIVE AND WELL AT THE LINEN HALL IN OCTOBER In October the Linen Hall Library marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the exhibition Shakespeare Lives Through Sir Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen which spotlights NI actor Branagh’s Shakespearean roles using archive material from Queen’s University Belfast and the Linen Hall’s Theatre and Performing Arts Archive. We’re always reminded to take a moment to stop and smell the...

Phenomenal NI Literary Archive Now Available For All

07 September 2016

7 September 2016 – Today the Linen Hall Library launched a phenomenal digital resource which makes available for the first time historic literary items by some of Northern Ireland’s most influential writers. The Northern Ireland Literary Archive, funded by the Department for Communities, includes manuscripts, drafts, letters, unpublished works and more from the personal collections of Sam Hanna Bell, John Boyd, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Robert Greacen, John Hewitt, Joan Lingard, Louis...

Northern Ireland History Digitisation Project Commences at the Linen Hall Library

01 September 2016

Today, Thursday 1 September, First Minister Arlene Foster launched the Divided Society digitisation project at the Linen Hall Library. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ulster Garden Villages and the Department of Foreign Affairs Peace and Reconciliation Fund, the project will see the digitisation of periodicals and posters from the Troubles and Peace Process concentrating on the decade from 1990 – 2000. The phenomenal Northern Ireland Political Collection (NIPC), which began in...

What's On in September

01 September 2016

Five Artists = Five Interpretations of Seminal 20th Century Archive Documents Exclusively at the Linen Hall in September It can be argued that the 1916 Proclamation document and the 1912 Covenant and Declaration are two of the 20th century’s most seminal documents, and defined the modern history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Five artists have been given free rein to interpret these documents in diagram form with fascinating multimedia results in Diagramming the Archive,...

Charity Book Shop is Back

18 August 2016

We're delighted to announce that the Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be back in business from Monday 22 August at 9am. Our new location is 63 Fountain Street. Hours will be Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm and Sat 9am - 4pm. Donations are always welcome!