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If you’ve been feeling a bit housebound, we offer you the ultimate staycation with the online Linen Hall Postcard Tour starting 1 July which features images from our vast postcard archive. Travel the virtual highway as we take you to quaint villages and popular beauty spots around the province. 

In July, we also spotlight local artist Laura Atkinson whose exhibition Quarantine Diaries explores her fluctuating emotions during the coronavirus pandemic.  

The July schedule: 

Take a Tour Around Northern Ireland with the Linen Hall Postcard Collection
Online exhibition
1 – 15 July
If you’re hankering for a trip around Northern Ireland, but can’t make it this year, or you just want to take a dander down memory lane, the Linen Hall is running an online exhibition featuring postcards from our vast collection. The archive contains more than 7,000 images which capture Ireland in bygone days and gives a sense of what life was like in remote villages and towns over one hundred years ago. The Linen Hall postcard collection website is https://www.postcardsireland.com/  Postcards are available to purchase and send anywhere in the world.

Quarantine Diaries by Laura Atkinson
Art exhibition
7 – 17 July
Striking pieces by fine arts student Laura Atkinson capture her fluctuating moods during lockdown. Laura says: “During this time of Covid-19 lockdown I have noticed how familiar objects and internal spaces have become surreal, which carries through into how I am feeling about our current predicament.”

Ghosts of the Somme by Jonathan Evershed
10 July at 4.00pm on Linen Hall Facebook and YouTube channels
In this online talk, drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Belfast, Jonathan Evershed interrogates the particular and implicitly political claims about the nature of history, memory, and commemoration that define and sustain these assertions, and explores some of the hidden and countervailing transcripts that underwrite and disrupt them. Jonathan Evershed is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork, and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.
This talk will be streamed through the Library’s Facebook and YouTube channels. See links below.

LGBT History Club
Talk and lecture
Tuesday 28 July at 8.00pm,i
This public event, organised by LGBT Heritage Project/LGBT History Club and in collaboration with the Linen Hall Library, will be a short talk followed by a discussion with Dr Tom Hulme (Queen’s University Belfast). Details for the Zoom (https://zoom.us/) event will be announced through our social network/website channels prior to the event.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 30 July at 1.00pm
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group continues with the July’s chosen title The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.  Those interested can participate by sending in their reviews by the 29 July to info@linenhall.com. Reviews will be published on the Library’s social networking sites. Please specify if you would like to remain anonymous.

The Linen Hall Library’s social network channels can be found at: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 

For more information about the Linen Hall Library go to: www.linenhall.com.


Notes :

The Linen Hall Library, café and Charity Bookshop are currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Social media:

Facebook: @LinenHallLibraryBelfast

Instagram: @linenhalllibrary

Twitter: @thelinenhall

YouTube: @TheLinenHall

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