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Paupers and Public Health: Belfast Charitable Society and the Sick Poor, with Dr Robyn Atcheson

Clifton House 2 North Queen Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Belfast

Since opening its doors 250 years ago, the Poorhouse was the first to offer free medical relief for the sick poor of Belfast. As the town grew, the role of the Belfast Charitable Society remained central to the expanding network of charities, institutions and hospitals providing different kinds of medical care. This talk explores how the Society treated the sick within its own walls and how it endeavoured to respond to various public health issues. The Society played a key role in the provision of maternity care and the establishment of a lunatic asylum as well as dealing with epidemics of [...]