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Belfast Charitable Society are proud to announce the return of our Reconciliation Fund supported President’s Talk Series this year marking the 270th year of The First Great Charity of this Town.

The first lecture in the series will focus on Child Welfare and Education in the Industrialising Town of Belfast, and will be delivered by Professor Olwen Purdue and Lauren Smyth.

Olwen Purdue is Professor of Modern Social History at Queen’s University Belfast, where she is also Director of the Centre for Public History. An expert on the social history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Ireland, Professor Purdue is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Director of the Irish Museums Association and a Governor of the Linen Hall Library. Olwen was a historical advisor for Titanic Belfast and has made numerous TV appearances in her capacity as an expert on Irish social history.

Lauren Smyth is a PhD research candidate from Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the work of the Belfast Charitable Society and child welfare during early nineteenth-century Belfast.

Tickets for each talk are £6 for zoom access or £7.50 for room access (price inc complementary tea / coffee and shortbread).

Book your room or zoom tickets here.