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Who’s That Girl? Female Firsts in Northern Ireland History at the Linen Hall in April

Who are the prominent females in Northern Ireland history? Find out in the Linen Hall’s new exhibition Anonymous Was a Woman which begins on 12 April. Also this month, the Library continues its exploration into the LGBTQ+ archives with a walking tour of Belfast on 10 April.

The schedule of events in date order is as follows:

Anonymous Was a Woman
12 April – 31 May/ exhibition/ free
(a separate news release about this exhibition and associated events will be issued)
The Linen Hall’s extensive collections and archives have been studied to highlight the advancements of women in Ireland. From the first female members of the Linen Hall to the election of Arlene Foster as First Minister of Northern Ireland in 2016 the exhibition explores a number of female firsts across education, work and politics.

Anonymous Was a Woman launch event takes place on Friday 12 April at 6.00pm and is free to attend. Featured is a History Ireland Hedge School with Dr Margaret Ward, Dr Myrtle Hill, Donal Fallon, and chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland.

Download the Anonymous Was a Woman brochure here. 

This exhibition is part of Making the Future, a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Staging Sexuality
Wednesday 10 April at 12.30, 12.45 and 1.00/ walking tour/ free
Meet at The Dark Horse, Hill Street, Belfast.
Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this new Linen Hall series of events taking place once a month explores LGBTQ+ themes inspired by the Linen Hall LGBTQ+ archive. Today meet at The Dark Horse, Hill Street, Belfast, and take a walking tour to see the city from a different perspective. Written by Dominic Montague, directed by Paula McFetridge and voiced by Neil Keery.

Irish Book Club
Thursday 11 April 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 Tuatha Dé Danaan  by Diarmuid Johnson.

Balmoral Cemetery: The History of Belfast, Written in Stone
By Tom Hartley
Tuesday 16 April at 1.00pm/ book launch/ free
Historian Tom Hartley’s book embraces a narrative of Presbyterianism and of Belfast itself all deduced from gravestones in Belfast Cemetery, Malone.

Irish Reading Societies and Circulating Libraries Founded Before 1825: Useful Knowledge and Agreeable Entertainment
With Keith Manley
Thursday 25 April at 6.00pm/ lecture/ £5
Reading societies, booksellers’ circulating libraries, and private subscription libraries flourished during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Linen Hall is one such library that has survived to this day. Find out more about these institutions and how they flourished or declined in certain contexts.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 25 April at 1.10pm/ reading group/ free
Our popular reading group is open to the public and free to attend. This month’s title is The Ante-Room  by Kate O’Brien.

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm. 


 Pictures and interviews are available on request. Contact Linen Hall Library Head of Digital and Marketing Comms Rachel Wetherall at r.wetherall@linenhall.com or tel: 028 9032 1707.


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