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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Belfast Charitable Society & Slavery

2021-12-23T12:54:45+00:00

Olaudah Equiano The Belfast Charitable Society And The Slave Trade Today marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The notion of slavery tends to bring us back to African slaves brought to America, however slavery continues as 21st Century problem. The Belfast Charitable Society of the 18th Century found themselves caught in the controversy surrounding this abhorrent trade. Much of the conflict regarding the differing views of slavery happened outside of the Poor House, however, when the freed slave Olaudah Equiano visited Belfast in the early 1790s, he was invited to speak at the Poor House and several [...]

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Belfast Charitable Society & Slavery2021-12-23T12:54:45+00:00

Mary Ann McCracken Foundation highlights the plight of women living in Afghanistan

2021-11-22T23:06:16+00:00

Mary Ann McCracken Foundation highlights the plight of women living in Afghanistan On Thursday 18th November, the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation hosted its inaugural annual lecture, focusing on the challenges facing Afghan women. Many of us have watched in horror as events in Afghanistan have unfolded. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee, fearing for their lives and escaping conflict. Speaking at the event was Dr Sima Nazari, a successful Afghan doctor who was forced to leave her home country following death threats from the Taliban. Sima shared the heart-breaking story of having to leave a job she [...]

Mary Ann McCracken Foundation highlights the plight of women living in Afghanistan2021-11-22T23:06:16+00:00

Job Opportunity: Foundation Manager

2021-07-08T22:07:34+00:00

The James Kane Foundation are looking for a Foundation Manager to assist the Trustees in developing the strategy, structures, processes and relationships to ensure that it meets its aims. James Kane, the owner of JM Kane Precision Engineering Limited, bequeathed his shareholding to a charitable foundation - ‘The James Kane Foundation’. Set up in 2016, its key purpose is to advance education for people living in the Portadown area and across Northern Ireland. This is to be achieved through the provision of grants to enable access to training and skills to develop learning and improve employment prospects. The Foundation has a board of [...]

Job Opportunity: Foundation Manager2021-07-08T22:07:34+00:00

Clifton House Centre receives grant to help recover from COVID-19

2021-02-23T12:03:15+00:00

Clifton House Centre has been awarded £74,500 to help recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Known to many as the original Poor House, Clifton House is a unique conference venue and historic heritage attraction located in the north of Belfast. Pre-COVID, it would have accommodated hundreds of small conferences and events over the course of a year, and hosted weekly tours, talks and presentations on the history of the Society and the Poor House. As of March this year, Clifton House will have been closed to the public for a full year, resulting in significant loss of income. Not [...]

Clifton House Centre receives grant to help recover from COVID-192021-02-23T12:03:15+00:00

Hard hitting talk on the Legacies of Slavery officially launches the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation

2021-01-21T17:49:35+00:00

Mary Ann McCracken Foundation officially launched “Powerful”, “piercing”, “disturbing”, “compelling” and “demanding”, just some of the testimonies about Professor David Olosuga’s key note speech on launching of the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation last night (Wednesday 20th January). Over 400 people tuned in to hear the talk on the ‘Legacies of Slavery’, something which David said was “about having a grown-up approach to history. It’s never simple and it’s certainly never neat, and what it is, is morally complicated”. The launch of the foundation was the first step in celebrating the life of Mary Ann McCracken, and to build on her legacy. Although [...]

Hard hitting talk on the Legacies of Slavery officially launches the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation2021-01-21T17:49:35+00:00

Clifton House Virtual Lunchtime Talks available to book now!

2020-10-12T10:31:27+00:00

In light of Covid restrictions, Belfast Charitable Society have been unable to reopen the doors of Clifton House for our regular tours. However, we have developed a unique set of virtual talks which are delivered every Friday at 1pm, allowing people to tune in from the comfort of their homes, or over their lunch break, to learn about the the different strands of our history. From October 2020 we will starting the series again, with new thematic talks including the 'darker side' of Clifton Street Cemetery for Halloween, Belfast and the Slave Trade and Christmas in the Poor House. There really [...]

Clifton House Virtual Lunchtime Talks available to book now!2020-10-12T10:31:27+00:00

On This Day 1918: Former Poor House child donated £50 to Belfast Charitable Society

2020-10-12T10:34:12+00:00

John Trimble was admitted to the Poor House in May 1858 at the tender age of aged 7. His mother was still living in Belfast at the time but as his father had passed away. After spending a number of years within the walls of the institution, John  was apprenticed in 1865 to Mr Reed, a stationer, printer and bookseller based at Waring Street not far from the Poor House. Our admission book includes a note that after his apprenticeship John settled with his mother in Charles Street. However, this was not the last the Poor House heard from John Trimble. [...]

On This Day 1918: Former Poor House child donated £50 to Belfast Charitable Society2020-10-12T10:34:12+00:00

Belfast Charitable Society: Celebrating 268 years!

2020-10-12T10:36:52+00:00

At the George, 28th August 1752 The evening of Friday 28th August 1752 was cool in Belfast. After closing up their businesses and homes, a group of nineteen merchants, burgesses (councillors) and the local vicar, made their way to the George Inn at the corner of North Street and John Street (now Royal Avenue). It was there in the George Inn that these gentlemen formed the Belfast Charitable Society, to address poverty and help the poor. The names of the founders were recorded in the first minute book of the new society, which is now held in the Clifton House archives: [...]

Belfast Charitable Society: Celebrating 268 years!2020-10-12T10:36:52+00:00

International Dog Day 2020: The Hyndman family headstone

2020-10-12T10:38:52+00:00

Today, 26 August 2020, marks International Dog Day, and is the perfect opportunity to share a small bit of the history of Clifton Street Cemetery. This beautiful sculpture of a dog (pictured above) once graced the top of the Hyndman headstone in Clifton Street Cemetery. Sadly the sculpture and the memorial tablets on the headstone were destroyed during the Troubles. The first person to be buried in the Hyndman grave was a man called Robert. He lived at Portview, Ballymacarrett and was High Constable of Belfast in the 1790s. He was also an active member of Belfast Charitable Society, and held [...]

International Dog Day 2020: The Hyndman family headstone2020-10-12T10:38:52+00:00

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition 2020

2020-10-12T10:39:38+00:00

Today marks International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. But what is the significance of the date? Well, on the evening of 22nd into the 23rd August 1791 witnessed the beginning of an uprising in Santo Domingo, which played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Both before and after the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, individuals in Belfast, including members of the Charitable Society, found themselves caught in the controversy surrounding this abhorrent trade. Much of the conflict regarding the differing views of slavery happened outside of the Poor House, however, [...]

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition 20202020-10-12T10:39:38+00:00
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