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One million more reasons to support the Linen Hall Library

20 June, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news that the Linen Hall Library in Belfast is to receive a £1million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Catalyst Endowments programme.

The Minister said, “The Linen Hall Library is one of Belfast’s best-known and most-loved cultural assets. I am very pleased that the board and management of the library are working closely with others to secure its position in the future. The Heritage Lottery Fund aims to give people a better opportunity to experience, enjoy, care for and protect our heritage and I believe this award will help the Linen Hall Library achieve that.

The Minister continued: “This award is the fruition of a genuine partnership between the Library and the Heritage Lottery Fund. I believe it is through partnerships like this that our cultural assets will be secured and developed for the benefit of people here. The Linen Hall Library has grasped this opportunity, however there is a lot more to do. I am especially eager to see new initiatives from the Linen Hall Library which develops partnerships that really increase access to the library itself and all of the collections and assets that it holds in perpetuity for the benefit of everyone here.

The Minister concluded, “As the Linen Hall Library asks local businesses and members of the public to support its fundraising efforts I want these new relationships with donors to also be genuine partnerships. I firmly believe that the people and organisations prepared to invest in the future of the Linen Hall Library are also the people and organisations who should help to shape it.”

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