Easter has always been considered one of the most important Christian celebrations. Throughout the years, it would have been a time for families to come together and take part in the religious rituals associated with the Christian calendar. Preparations for Easter would have included spring-cleaning as well as a hearty meal on Easter Sunday to […]
We have always known the work of the Belfast Charitable Society was wide and varied, and we have endeavoured to capture it using a word cloud. Did you know the Belfast Charitable Society was once responsible for bringing piped water to Belfast or that they set up an early police force within the town. Why […]
The famed generosity of the people of Northern Ireland past, present and future will be in the spotlight during the fifth annual Philanthropy Fortnight from May 8-19.
A diverse programme of events was unveiled at Clifton House at the launch of this annual celebration of charitable giving.
The programme explores many aspects of philanthropy including the importance […]
The Belfast Charitable Society were always to the fore in providing practical skills to enable to people within the Poor House to develop skills which would allow them to be financially independent. These apprenticeship schemes were an opportunity for people to learn trades and skills which would improve their quality of life. The Belfast Charitable […]
The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) returned to Clifton House Heritage Centre for their most recent Historic Building Conservation course.
The intensive 5 week course, accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects, was held in the oldest working building in Belfast and it is entirely fitting that they recently returned to the venue as the […]
IWD2017 calls on women to “Be The Change” and the example of Mary Ann McCracken and her work on the Poor House surely embodies this spirit.
Mary Ann had been associated with the Poor House from the very early days, her uncles Henry and Robert Joy were very active members of the Board. A Ladies Committee […]
The City’s oldest charity, Belfast Charitable Society is joining forces with Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) and Building Change Trust to create a £1m fund for the Community, Voluntary and Social Enterprise sector.
Belfast Charitable Society was established in 1752 to tackle disadvantage and poverty and in doing so it built the Poor House and Belfast’s […]
Wednesday 25th January saw the 245th Annual General Meeting of the Belfast Charitable Society at Clifton House. It was an event tinged with sadness as our wonderful President Lady Moyra Quigley decided to stand down from her role in the Belfast Charitable Society. She has been an ardent supporter of the work of the Society […]
The archive at Clifton House is unique, vast and covers the activities of the Belfast Charitable Society from its foundation in 1752 to the present day. This year we will be using a variety of material from our archives to give you a sense of what the Poor House and Belfast were like 200 years […]
Christmas in the Georgian period was an elaborate affair running from St Nicholas’s Day (6th December) to Twelfth Night (6th January). Presents were exchanged between friends and family on St Nicholas’s Day, whilst the wealthy would also give gifts to their servants, staff and the deserving poor on St Stephen’s Day. These Christmas boxes gave […]