Saturday, 23 March 2013

Book signing and other Belfast events

Some events in Belfast over the next week or two:

Book Launch: Ernest McCall's 'The Auxies'

Thursday 28th March – 6.30pm at PRONI

Ernest McCall studied Government with Criminology at Jordanstown. It was during his dissertation that his interest in the RIC brought him to the history of the Auxies and led to his first book, “A study of the Auxiliary Division RIC 1920-22, Tudor’s Toughs”. After the publication of his first book, Ernest received photographs and information from family members from around the world relating to the Temporary Cadets which encouraged his second book “The Auxies”. “The Auxies” will be launched at PRONI on 28th March 2013. There will be an opportunity to buy the book with 20% off for all who attend the launch.

WHEN- Thursday 28th March at 6.30pm
WHERE- PRONI Lecture Theatre

2012-2013 Linen Hall Lectures

On Wednesday 27th March, Bethany Sinclair of PRONI will feature at the Linen Hall Library with the latest talk in the Linen Hall Lecture series. The details are as follows,

'Tracing Huguenot Footsteps through the archive: the Delacherois archive'
by Bethany Sinclair
27th March 2013 at 1pm


Please be aware that this event is happening at the Linen Hall Library and not PRONI

Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North
Belfast BT1 5GB

Belfast 400 Easter Festival

A variety of talks will take place in Belfast City Hall as part of the Belfast 400 Easter Festival which takes place 30 March – 2 April 2013, 11am-5pm each day. As part of this event, PRONI's Ian Montgomery will be delivering a talk on Easter Sunday 31st March at 1pm entitled, 'Councils and Corporations: Local Government in Belfast'.

The talk will give an overview of the various bodies which have been responsible for local government in Belfast during the past 400 hundred years. The administration of Belfast has generated a rich and varied archival legacy which forms an important resource for the further study of the City. The talk will provide some examples of the records available and suggest areas for further research.

WHEN: Sunday 31st March at 1pm
WHERE: Belfast City Hall
Ticket Information:
Free Admission - Ticket required

Tickets for the above talks will be available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 19 March at 9am. For more information call Belfast Welcome Centre 028 9024 6609

For more information on the overall Belfast 400 Easter Festival please visit

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon at PRONI)


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