Monthly Archives: March 2018


Administering Relief: The Belfast Poor Districts (1809)

By |March 22nd, 2018|

As Belfast continued to expand, the Belfast Charitable Society divided the town into ‘Poor Districts’ in 1809. These were administration areas, with each district assigned a dedicated member of the Committee to look after both admissions to the Poor House, as well as to enquire on individuals and families who requested outdoor relief.
The divisions, as […]

On this day… Apprentices and the Belfast Charitable Society

By |March 14th, 2018|

The apprenticeship scheme formed a large part of the work of the Belfast Charitable Society from the early days. They found employers for the children, undertook welfare visits twice annually, and allowed the children to come back to the Poor House at holiday times and if they suffered from illness.

The apprenticeship scheme compliment the education […]