Culture & Heritage
What We Do
The Linen Hall Library is one of Belfast’s oldest charities. Set up in 1788 as a way for the burgeoning business class of Belfast to centralise books and other educational materials, it has blossomed alongside the city in which it stands at the centre.
Housed in a listed Victorian linen warehouse in Donegall Square, the Library is one of Belfast and Northern Ireland’s most important and popular cultural centres.
As well as operating as a general lending library, it is also the custodian of world-famous archives. The main focus of the library is to protect and preserve its collections and make them accessible to the general population.
The Linen Hall is an independent library and a member of the Association of Independent Libraries which works to conserve, support and promote this unique section of the United Kingdom’s cultural heritage.
The Library must be financially self-sustaining and raises funds through many channels such as membership, government and philanthropic funds, fundraising initiatives, donations, gift and book sales.
Gifts in Wills
Legacies are vital for the sustainability of the Linen Hall Library. Your contribution can help us acquire new works for our collections, enable the conservation of our treasures, and make the Library more accessible for the community at large. You can also allocate any legacy to areas of particular interest to you such as supporting a particular archive, restoring and preserving our beautiful Victorian building, or helping us purchase new and valuable books.
Most of all, your support ensures the continuance of one of Belfast’s most special and irreplaceable historic treasures.
What we do
The National Trust was founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of the nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. We have been active in the protection of our natural, built and cultural heritage in Northern Ireland since 1936, where we now care for coastlines, forests, woods, fens, mountains, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs. We do it because open space, nature and heritage are important to all our lives. They provide an escape, a chance to relax and enjoy many memorable experiences.
Gifts in Wills
In Northern Ireland three out of four of our properties cannot fund their own conservation. We only receive public funding to assist us with our conservation work, through competitive application; and our membership fees simply aren’t enough to cover our ongoing costs. We therefore depend on legacies to help us to protect and maintain the future of the unique landscapes and special places we all cherish. In Northern Ireland, the Trust provides access to 174km (22%) of the coastline and 12,000 hectares (120 sq. km) of scenic countryside incorporating iconic sites such as Slieve Donard (our highest mountain), the Giant’s Causeway (our first World Heritage Site) and Strangford Lough (our first Marine Conservation Zone), 232 Listed buildings, 52 Industrial heritage sites and 23 outdoor/ public access sites..
Information your solicitor will need
Registered Address: Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2NA
Registered Charity Number: 205846