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 […]

International Women’s Day Lecture: The Life and Work of Mary Ann McCracken

By |February 26th, 2018|

This International Women’s Day Clifton House are hosting a special lecture looking at the life and work of Mary Ann McCracken.

The Suffragettes established International Women’s Day in 1911 and this year’s theme is ‘Press for Progress’. Come along on 8th March and hear how Mary Ann McCracken pressed for progress both within the walls of […]

Decade of Centenaries Lecture Series Continues

By |February 15th, 2018|

Tonight (Thursday 2nd February) marks the third lecture as part of our commemoration of the Decade of Centenaries. The renowned historian Dr Éamon Phoenix will be presenting on the topic ‘The Irish Convention 1917-18: The Last Chance to Avert Partition?’ This was a pivotal moment in modern Irish history, and we are looking forward to […]

European Heritage Open Days

By |September 9th, 2015|

Interest in the heritage of Northern Ireland has never been stronger and as such Clifton House Heritage Centre, the former Poor House will open it’s doors to the public during European Heritage Open Weekend in September

The Poor House was opened in 1774 by Belfast Charitable Society and much of what is taken for granted in […]

New Chief Executive for Belfast Charitable Society

By |September 9th, 2015|

Paula Reynolds has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for Belfast Charitable Society, one of Ireland’s oldest charitable institutions.

Paula was previously Director of Business Development for Sector Matters, which is Northern Ireland’s first social enterprise to offer business support services to the voluntary and community sector and SMEs. Alongside management and business development responsibilities […]

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