Linen Hall Library has launched a ground-breaking heritage project which will digitally preserve and make accessible online a selection of the Library’s world-renowned archives focusing on the lived experience of women in Northern Ireland since 1965.
Drawing on the Library’s unique archives – including political, literary, theater and performing arts, Traveller and LGBTQ+ collections – and objects and ephemera such as posters, badges, t shirts, placards etc. – the project will elucidate the experience of ‘ordinary’ women positively supporting and influencing their communities during the ‘extraordinary normality’ of the times.
A key objective of the project is to enhance their collections from rural areas and increase the presence of women in our archives through donated materials which speak to the project themes. If you would have archive or ephemeral materials, and objects which would give great insight into the period they would love it if you would consider sharing these with the Linen Hall through donation.
You would not only be making a very significant contribution to this important project but would also be preserving and making accessible key materials for future generations thus contributing to a more complete history of women in Northern Ireland.
An exciting outreach programme will share this heritage through impactful community engagement including workshops, exhibitions, living library and pop-up events. Please click here for more information and how to get involved.
Images used in video:
1. Women’s Place is Everywhere poster [Northern Ireland Women’s Rights Movement] Held in NI Political Collection.
2. Betty Williams of The Peace People poster. Held in NI Political Collection.
3. Northern Ireland Abortion Law Reform Association campaign poster. Held in NI Political Collection.
4. Belfast Gay Liberation Society at QUB poster. Held in NI Political Collection.
5. ‘Tea in a China Cup’ by Christina Reid, programme for world premiere at Lyric Theatre. Held in Theatre Arch