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In Life & Death: Clifton House & Clifton Street Cemetery Tour

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

The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House! From the moment you step through our door you will be transported back in time to the Belfast Poor House – opened in 1774 – which provided sanctuary to thousands of people, from the young and old, to local citizens and passing sailors, throughout the years. With our augmented reality, visitors can now fully immerse themselves in what life was like in the late eighteenth century. Our White Badge tour guides will share the history and stories of this fantastic building and its people, while they come to life right before your eyes. See how the children learned in [...]

£11.50 – £12.50

Autumn Talk: A House Divided: Belfast, its Charitable Society and the 1798 Rebellion

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

We are delighted to announce that our President’s Talk series returns each Thursday evening in November 2022. This year the talks will features an array of speakers from historical and legal fields who will explore the shared history and contested narratives tied to the Society and the developing Belfast of that time. The second talk of the series will be delivered by Kenneth Dawson on "A House Divided: Belfast, its Charitable Society and the 1798 Rebellion". The Belfast Charitable Society provided civic and philanthropic leadership in an age of unprecedented urban growth. The town’s middle class entrepreneurs established a range of [...]

£6.00 – £7.50

In Life & Death: Clifton House & Clifton Street Cemetery Tour

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

The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House! From the moment you step through our door you will be transported back in time to the Belfast Poor House – opened in 1774 – which provided sanctuary to thousands of people, from the young and old, to local citizens and passing sailors, throughout the years. With our augmented reality, visitors can now fully immerse themselves in what life was like in the late eighteenth century. Our White Badge tour guides will share the history and stories of this fantastic building and its people, while they come to life right before your eyes. See how the children learned in [...]

£11.50 – £12.50

In Life & Death: Clifton House & Clifton Street Cemetery Tour

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

The history of Belfast begins at Clifton House! From the moment you step through our door you will be transported back in time to the Belfast Poor House – opened in 1774 – which provided sanctuary to thousands of people, from the young and old, to local citizens and passing sailors, throughout the years. With our augmented reality, visitors can now fully immerse themselves in what life was like in the late eighteenth century. Our White Badge tour guides will share the history and stories of this fantastic building and its people, while they come to life right before your eyes. See how the children learned in [...]

£11.50 – £12.50

Autumn Talk: The Poor Law and Belfast’s Hidden Famine

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

We are delighted to announce that our President’s Talk series returns each Thursday evening in November 2022. This year the talks will features an array of speakers from historical and legal fields who will explore the shared history and contested narratives tied to the Society and the developing Belfast of that time. The third talk of the series will be delivered by Professor Christine Kinealy on 'The Poor Law and Belfast’s Hidden Famine'. ** Please note Professor Christine Kinealy will be delivering her talk via zoom from America, and won't be in Clifton House in person** Professor Christine Kinealy is a [...]

£6.00 – £7.50

Autumn Talk: ‘Marquis’s & Marriage: A Legal Case Study of the Donegall Family’ and ‘I do and I don’t – The Yelverton case’ 

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

We are delighted to announce that our President’s Talk series returns each Thursday evening in November 2022. This year the talks will features an array of speakers from historical and legal fields who will explore the shared history and contested narratives tied to the Society and the developing Belfast of that time. The final talk of the series will be delivered by Sir Ronnie Weatherup and guest on the ‘Marquis’s & Marriage: A Legal Case Study of the Donegall Family’ and ‘I do and I don’t – The Yelverton case’. What made a valid marriage in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? [...]

£6.00 – £7.50

Children’s Crafty Christmas

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

Why not let the kids experience something different this Festive season? Step back in time to Christmas 250 years ago and see how children once celebrated in the Poorhouse. Learn about their traditions, gifts, food and entertainment. It’s not the ‘Scrooge’ you’d imagine it to be. As part of the short tour, you’ll also get to experience our augmented reality app, letting you peek into the nursery where children learned; gaze down into the basement where women and children worked on cotton spinning; and see for yourself the infamous 'black hole', where those who were more naughty than nice ended up! [...]

£10.00

Children’s Crafty Christmas

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

Why not let the kids experience something different this Festive season? Step back in time to Christmas 250 years ago and see how children once celebrated in the Poorhouse. Learn about their traditions, gifts, food and entertainment. It’s not the ‘Scrooge’ you’d imagine it to be. As part of the short tour, you’ll also get to experience our augmented reality app, letting you peek into the nursery where children learned; gaze down into the basement where women and children worked on cotton spinning; and see for yourself the infamous ‘black hole’, where those who were more naughty than nice ended up! [...]

£10.00

Children’s Crafty Christmas

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

Why not let the kids experience something different this Festive season? Step back in time to Christmas 250 years ago and see how children once celebrated in the Poorhouse. Learn about their traditions, gifts, food and entertainment. It’s not the ‘Scrooge’ you’d imagine it to be. As part of the short tour, you’ll also get to experience our augmented reality app, letting you peek into the nursery where children learned; gaze down into the basement where women and children worked on cotton spinning; and see for yourself the infamous ‘black hole’, where those who were more naughty than nice ended up! [...]

£10.00

Then and Now – 270 Years of Charity in Belfast

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

270 years on from its establishment 'the First Great Charity of this Town', Belfast Charitable Society still strives to address disadvantage. Regrettably, poverty and disadvantage are as relevant today as they were when the Society was formed. With this in mind, our annual event for 2023 (25th January) will feature a panel of expert contributors who will discuss the impact of disadvantage on our society today. Our lively discussion panel will include BBCNI Economics & Business Editor John Campbell who will provide the current socio-economic and political context; Mary Montgomery Principal of Belfast Boys Model School, and Christine McKeown from Ashton [...]

President’s Talks Series – February 2023 – Block Ticket

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

An Iconic Belfast Institution: The Belfast Charitable Society and its Pivotal Role in the Social, Economic and Political Life of Georgian and Victorian Belfast. 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 lectures will be via Room and Zoom, taking place every Thursday evening at 7pm throughout February. Each lecture will last approximately 60 minutes followed by a Q&A session. ·         Thursday 2nd February 2023 - Child Welfare and Education in the Industrialising Town of Belfast – Olwen Purdue in Conversation with Lauren [...]

Presidents Talk Series: Child Welfare and Education in the Industrialising Town of Belfast

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

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, [...]