The extraORDINARYwomen project records and showcases the many varied experiences of women in Northern Ireland from 1965 to the current day.
Community engagement has been a key aspect of the project, and through a series of workshops, talks, and events, participants were encouraged to explore the changing identity and roles of women in Northern Ireland’s recent history.
A welcome outcome of the community engagement programme has been the collection of contemporary archives, objects, oral histories, and created pieces. The Linen Hall Library is grateful to all those who took part and to those who generously donated material to the collections.
A number of publications have been produced, which show the outputs of some of the extraORDINARYwomen workshops, and these can be downloaded below. There is also a recommended reading list of related titles which are available for consultation in the Linen Hall Library.
Changing the Story
Published by Linen Hall Library2021, 20 pages
Creative writing facilitated by Jan Carson
During workshops led by author Jan Carson, women from across Northern Ireland created their own unique writing in response to literary talents who have shaped the Northern Irish writing scene such as Christina Reid, Joan Lingard, Jennifer Johnston, and Sinéad Morrissey.
“Every word that a woman writes changes the story of the world” Carolyn See.
Examining roles and attitudes of women in Northern Ireland during a momentous period of recent history, extraORDINARYwomen utilised the culturally and historically significant collections of the Linen Hall Library which reflect and illustrate women’s lives and experiences in Northern Ireland, and archives which document ground-breaking movements for social change, trailblazing grassroots activism, and engagement with politics. Informed by insightful women’s literary and theatrical outputs, a meaningful and sustained programme of outreach facilitated extraORDINARYwomen engaging with women across Northern Ireland.