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Derek Bell Archive Joins Linen Hall Collections

09 February 2016

The archive of gifted Irish musician Derek Bell (1935 – 2002) has been donated to the Linen Hall by his sister Alison Taylor. Derek was born in Belfast and was quickly recognised as a musical prodigy. He attended the Royal College of Music in the 1950s and became an accomplished oboist, harpist and pianist. He joined the famous traditional Irish band The Chieftains in 1975 and was awarded an MBE in the 2000 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to traditional music. The...

Launch of the Peter Quigley Archive Celebrated at the Linen Hall Library

25 January 2016

The life and work of one of Northern Ireland’s most flamboyant, colourful and talented theatrical trailblazers, Peter Quigley, will be celebrated at the Linen Hall Library, from 15–19 February. Peter died suddenly in 2015 after a short battle with cancer. To remember this much-loved actor, director, choreographer and producer, and mark the launch of the Peter Quigley Archive at the Linen Hall Library, a week-long series of readings, plays and songs, which were important during...

125 Years of Union USDAW Reviewed at the Linen Hall in February

25 January 2016

A pop-up exhibition, 125 Years Strong: Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, will open to the public, free of charge, from 4 – 26 February in the Linen Hall Library’s Vertical Gallery. There will be a preview evening on 4 February from 6pm – 8pm. The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers is celebrating its 125th anniversary at Belfast’s Linen Hall Library throughout February. The union’s pop-up exhibition reviews USDAW’s social...

February Events at the Linen Hall

22 January 2016

Loved or Loathed – The History of one of the UK’s Biggest Unions is retraced in the Linen Hall In February Unions have been a political football since they were first organised, but are vital to the millions of workers created by the industrial revolution. In February the Linen Hall traces the history of USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) flagging up the turbulent path trodden by those who fought for the rights of the working man and woman. Also in...

Acclaimed Supernatural Trilogy Chooses Linen Hall for Launch

19 January 2016

On 16 January, NI novelist A. L. McAuley launched his acclaimed must-read, supernatural trilogy Eighty Eight in the Linen Hall Library. The event was introduced by broadcaster Adrian Logan. McAuley’s debut novel Eighty Eight has garnered rave reviews. This was followed by Amulet and Empire to complete the ‘Eighty Eight’ series. The plot is based around an astonishing discovery in Strangford Lough that shakes humanity to its very core. An explosive story of miracles,...

January Events at the Linen Hall

02 January 2016

It’s all About the Burns Collection at the Linen Hall in January Robert Burns, Scottish poet extraordinaire, takes star billing in January’s line up at the Linen Hall. An Ulster-Scots exhibition, Scotch Town, studies the language of Burns and its use and influence in Belfast. We also bring back our popular Burns Night; and there’s a talk about the history of our peerless Burns archive. The schedule, in chronological order, is as follows:   Club Leabhar...

November Fundraising Drive Raises Nearly £4,000

17 December 2015

We’re happy to report that the November fundraising drive, including the Readathon on 5 November, brought in nearly £4,000 for the Library! Director Julie Andrews said: “It’s so important that people remember that we are a charity and, like all charities in the current economically challenging times, depend on donations from the general public to continue the work we do. Our Readathon and month-long fundraising drive were perfect opportunities to raise the flag of...

December Events at the Linen Hall

30 November 2015

Northern Ireland Writers Strike a Pose in New Art Exhibition at the Linen Hall Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, Jennifer Johnston, Sheena Wilkinson….these are just a few of the well known Northern Ireland writers in Read to Me, a new Linen Hall Library exhibition launching on 1 December which studies each writer reading his or her own work to artist Joanna Mules. Also in December the Linen Hall looks at festive traditions around the world, and local writers read from Christmas...

Linen Hall Staff Member Cuts Ribbon on New Maghera Cultural Centre

27 November 2015

Linen Hall Library Assistant Mary Delargy was recently invited to officially open the new Maghera Historical Society Heritage and Cultural Centre located on the Coleraine Road. During the opening ceremony, Mary praised the relatively young Maghera Historical Society for the hard working and dedicated team of volunteers who gave their time and expertise to enable the new centre to become a reality. She stressed that the history of the town will now be recorded, documented and...