Welcome to the Clifton House Archives

Our archive material dates back to 1752 and contains a vast quantity of information on the development of the Belfast Charitable Society and Belfast from town to city.  We have a unique collection which will be of interest to a wide variety of people, including family history and academic researchers.  Below are a list of the categories within our archive.

Please contact archive@cliftonbelfast.org.uk for further information.

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Minutes

MS1

Minutes

Minute Books for the Belfast Charitable Society dating back to 1752

Admissions

MS2

Admissions

This includes all the admissions books, application forms and letters of application

Deaths

MS3

Deaths

All records of deaths including death certificate registers

Accounts

MS4

Accounts

Accounts records for the running of the Poor House and the Belfast Charitable Society

Board Matters

MS5

Board Matters

Correspondence and reports for the attention of or regarding the Board of the Belfast Charitable Society

Graveyard

MS6

Graveyard

Burial records and correspondence in relation to burials and the graveyard.

Health & Welfare

MS7

Health & Welfare

The orderly books and day books of the Belfast Charitable Society giving details on the health and welfare of residents.

Water

MS8

Water

The history of the water supply, the setting up of the Spring Water Commissioners and the running of the water supply for Belfast.

Property

MS9

Property

Details of estates, rent, leases, ground rent, conveyancing and farm fee grants.

Donations

MS10

Donations

Correspondence relating to donations and bequests given to the Belfast Charitable Society

Investments

MS11

Investments

Records and correspondence connected with the Belfast Charitable Society’s investments, stocks and shares.

Education & Employment

MS12

Education & Employment

Details of the education and employment documents and correspondence of the Belfast Charitable Society.

Clifton House

MS13

Clifton House

Correspondence, architectural plans and papers relating to the building, refurbishment, health & safety, and contents of Clifton House

Miscellaneous

MS14

Miscellaneous

All other documents, letters and correspondence belonging to the Belfast Charitable Society.

Genealogy Services

The archive of the Belfast Charitable Society has maintained their admission records since 1774 and therefore they are a unique resource for those conducting family history research.  Researchers are asked to contact the archivist of the Society prior to visiting to allow us to select the material your require.  In addition to this, we are able to conduct a search on your behalf.  Fees are payable for this service.  Contact archive@cliftonbelfast.org.uk for any further information, or to book an appointment to view the archive.