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Libraries NI is one of several organisations to
open their doors and host a programme of free events as part of the
celebrations of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) early in September.
This year’s theme for the events is ‘Heritage and
Nature: A landscape of possibilities’ and the events being held in public
libraries will demonstrate how libraries open up a world of possibilities for
customers of all ages through their vast range of books, services, regular activities
Belfast Central Library, Enniskillen Library, Falls Road Library
(Belfast), Derry Central Library and Waterside Library will all host free
events, which include library tours, talks, displays and Storytelling sessions.
Belfast Central Library
t: 028 9050
fine example of a Victorian public
with a portico entrance.
highlight of the interior is a domed
floor reading room with delicate
detail. The top floor features two galleries with glass vaulting and fine
t: 028 6632
architecture of Enniskillen Library suggests a service firmly based in modern
times, the building also houses the main Heritage collection for County
Fermanagh. The Heritage Collection consists of books on Irish and Local
Studies and provides specialist services and facilities in the form of
historic newspapers dating from 1738 to the present, journals, maps,
photographs and other reference material.
Falls Road Library
t: 028 9050
second Carnegie library gifted by Andrew Carnegie to Belfast City Corporation
in 1908, as a place of public learning, designed by architects Graeme-Watt
and Tullock. This building exhibits the classical style of the English
Renaissance with an ornate façade including work by famed sculptor Sophia
Rosamond Praeger. Recently refurbished, it is the last Carnegie library in
Derry Central Library
t: 028 7122
to the normal library services, this large city library houses the main
Heritage collection for County Londonderry including the Bigger and McDonald
photograph archive. These photographs, drawn from the Derry Standard
newspaper between 1927 and 1947, provide a remarkably detailed account of
life in the north west before the outbreak of World War Two.
Glimpses of the Past from the Bigger and McDonald Collection:
the River Foyle
8 - 23
t: 028 7134
Workhouse Museum and Waterside Library are built on the site of the original
Derry Workhouse. Opened in 1840, the Workhouse closed in 1948 but was used as
a hospital until 1991. Local historians managed to save some of the original
Workhouse building from demolition where the Waterside Library is now housed.
The building is of great historical interest and boasts a number of ghostly
The Changing Face of the Waterside:
an evening of historical facts and reminiscence
Take a look
back through the library archives and explore how the area has changed.
Stories Beneath our Feet by Liz Weir
Liz Weir will celebrate our local heritage by telling traditional stories
with a strong sense of place. Her stories will take us on journeys from
castles to fairy forts and from loughs to ancient sites.
Admission to all the library events is free and
everyone is welcome!
For further details, ask in a local library, go to
the Libraries NI website www.librariesni.org.uk
EHOD is Northern Ireland's version of the European
celebration of cultural heritage initiative which is organised by the Historic
Environment Division, Department for Communities.