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What Really Goes On in the Masonic Order? Find Out at the Linen Hall in November


This year the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim celebrates 150 Years of Freemasonry. Discover the secrets of one of the oldest institutions in the world in a new exhibition Freemasonry in Ireland running from 1 – 28 November at the Linen Hall.

Also in November local artist Ruth Osborne takes us for a wander through the scenic beauty of County Down with a selection of paintings in Coast and Hedgerow running from 5 – 30 November.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Freemasonry in Ireland
1 – 28 November/ exhibition/ free
New and exclusive to the Linen Hall. Secret handshakes, initiations, symbols and countless conspiracy theories… what really goes on behind the doors of the Masonic Order. Find out in this pop-up exhibition marking 150 years of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim.

Coast and Hedgerow
By Ruth Osborne
5 -30 November/ exhibition/ free
A series of mixed-media works crated on Irish linen and inspired by the landscape of County Down, the changing seasons and folklore. Each piece brings together real and imagined elements, memories and experiences of being within the environment.

Irish Goth: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
With Victoria Brown
Monday 5 November at 1.00pm / lecture/ free
A look at Gothic literature in general and the masterpiece that is Dracula in particular. Author Bram Stocker’s life is examined as is his literary legacy in contemporary literature and cinema.

Songs and Tunes for November Nights: Colum Sands and Lily Neill
Thursday 8 November at 6.00pm/ performance/ £12
Colum Sands and Lily Neill weave the strings of guitar and harp around a tapestry of songs, tunes and stories to brighten a dark November night. Colum’s original songs and stories draw on a lifetime of travel and performance. Lily Neill is an outstanding musician and composer, guesting with Derek Bell and the Chieftains and performing for former US president Bill Clinton.

Irish Book Club
Friday 9 November at 1.00pm/ reading group/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club. This month the title for discussion is Harry Potter agus an Orcloch by J.K. Rowling.

War Stories: Community Perspectives from the Centenary
Wednesday 14 November from 9.30am – 1.00pm/ conference/ free
The Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in association with the Linen Hall Library present a conference to share stories from the Great War. The conference aims to bring together new scholarships on the conflict and add to our collective understanding of how the war affected people and communities across Ireland.

Lord Carson Signs Off
Thursday 15 November at 7.00pm/ performance/ £10
Who was the real Edward Carson? A Dubliner, chosen by the Unionist Party to lead them in the crucial debate around Home Rule and the first Irishman to be given a state funeral. His was the first signature to be added to the Covenant that would have a profound effect on the island of Ireland.

The First Crossing – the Royal Flying Corps in Ireland 1913
With Guy Warner
Wednesday 21 November at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the air arm of the British Army before and during the First World War, until it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. This lecture will concentrate on the visit of the number 2 squadron Royal Flying Corps to Ireland and the first overseas flight in August 1914.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 29 November at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library please visit our website at www.linenhall.com




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