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Who is Andrew Gibson? – find out in December at the Linen Hall

The Linen Hall celebrates former Governor Andrew Gibson on 10 December at 7pm. Gibson is the man from whom the Library acquired the phenomenal Robert Burns collection – one of the largest outside of Scotland! On weekdays from 13 – 20 December the Library will also drop a video and blog about Gibson and the Burns collection on the website www.linenhall.com.

The December calendar also includes events around the partition of Ireland in 1921, the extraORDINARYwomen exhibition which runs until 20 December, plus our popular book clubs.

December event schedule: 

extraORDINARYwomenNI exhibition
Runs until Monday 20 December
This exhibition explores and celebrates Northern Irish women’s powerful and important contribution to society; their roles and attitudes from 1965, through the Troubles to the present day. Items are drawn from the Linen Hall’s most significant collections including the NI Political Collection, LGBTQ+ Archive, Literary Archives, Travellers’ Collection and the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive. 

Young People, The Border, and the Future of Northern Ireland
Panel discussion
Wednesday 1 December at 2.00pm
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective series
In the Library
The issue of the Irish border is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago, but how do young people view the border today? Join host Seamus McKee for a lively panel discussion on the legacy of partition, the border, and the future of Northern Ireland.

Launch of Legacy Matters
Monday 3 December at 12.45pm – 1.45pm
In the Library
Legacy Matters is a new online journal that provides a forum for everyone who wishes to address the challenges posed by the Troubles for our society, and particularly for individuals and families directly affected by the violence of the period.

Club Leabhar
Irish language reading group
Saturday 4 December at 11am
Online ZOOM event
Want to brush up on your Irish language skills? Join the Linen Hall’s Irish Language Reading Group which meets online. December’s title is ‘Ré’ by Daithí Ó Muirí. 

The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics
With Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
Tuesday 7 December at 7.00pm
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective series
In the Library
Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best- known historians. Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD and regular contributor to The Irish Times, he is the author of some 11 books on Irish history including The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics. Join Professor Ferriter as he discusses the key matters arising from his timely book.

Linen Hall Library’s ‘Book of the Century’ Finale
Panel discussion
Thursday 9 December at 2.00pm
In the Library
Part of the Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective series
Since August 2021 the Linen Hall Library has carried out a series of online polls to narrow down a shortlist of important Northern Irish books published since 1921. For the finale we have assembled a stellar panel to debate and discuss the public’s choices with a view to declaring the Linen Hall’s ‘Book of the Century’.

Gibson, Burns, and Belfast: 
Preserving the Tradition 
Friday 10 December at 7.00pm
In the Library
Tonight we celebrate the 120-year acquisition of one of the Library’s most important archives – the Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana. Author Angela Graham, actor and director Dan Gordon, and poet Stuart Paterson will lend their voices to virtual readings of Rabbie’s work, and local musicians will perform Burns-inspired pieces. Also on the night, Dr. Carol Baraniuk (University of Glasgow) will be in conversation with Mark Thompson, the presenter of BBC’s hit show ‘Hame’. Then, each weekday from Monday 13 December – Monday 20 December the Library will drop on its website www.linenhall.com a video and blog exploring various fascinating facets of the Burns’ collection hosted by Scottish presenter and Burns enthusiast Ally Heather. (a separate release will be sent with more details in due course).

NIPC Series – Part of the Northern Ireland Political Series of Talks
Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection
With Dr. Kris Brown and Gordon Gillespie
Monday 13 December at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Dr. Kris Brown and Dr. Gordon Gillespie both played a role in developing the Linen Hall’s internationally renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection. Since its beginning in 1968, the collection has grown to over 350,000 items. Join us to uncover the remarkable stories behind the collection.

The Short Story as Witness
With Angela Graham and Dr. Frank Ferguson
Wednesday 15 December at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
Dr. Frank Ferguson, Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Literature at the University of Ulster, will interview Angela Graham as they consider the potential of the short story as witness statement.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 16 December (earlier than usual due to Christmas holidays) at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. December’s title is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.

The Linen Hall will close from 2.30pm Friday 24 December until Tuesday 4 January at 9.30am for the Christmas holidays.

The Linen Hall Library is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm. It is free to enter and enjoy.