Monthly Archives: June 2018


World Music Day


World Music Day is celebrated each 23rd June and to mark the occasion here are a few extracts from our history and archives. Music formed an important part of the children's education in the Poor House from an early period. This took the form of both singing and learning musical instruments. During the 19th century the musical boys of the Poor House were in high demand throughout Belfast and further afield. They were invited to preform as a band at church services and celebrations in Belfast, and a large number of these boys went on to join the  Army and militias [...]

World Music Day2018-06-23T09:05:56+00:00

Prince Charles visits North Belfast


The Prince of Wales began a two-day trip to Northern Ireland with a recital by the Ulster Orchestra in a 19th century Methodist church in Belfast which is undergoing major restoration. Prince Charles toured the Carlisle Memorial Church, which has served as a gateway to north Belfast since 1875 on the opposite side of the Clifton Street to the original Belfast Poor House. The Church was built on land belonging to the Belfast Charitable Society. The neo-Gothic building was at the heart of one of the most troubled parts of Belfast and during the troubles the congregation shrank rapidly and the [...]

Prince Charles visits North Belfast2018-06-12T16:02:34+00:00
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