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Dr William Drennan

By |April 25th, 2016|

Dr Drennan was a visiting physician to the Belfast Poor House.  He sought permission from the board to trial a smallpox inoculation on the children in the house 16 years before Edward Jenner published his paper on inoculation.

Dr Drennan was a man of many talents and this new exhibition in Belfast seeks to highlight just […]

World Heritage Day

By |April 18th, 2016|

The International Day for Monuments and Sites(World Heritage Day) is held on 18 April each year around the world with different types of activities, including visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round tables and newspaper articles.  The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) […]

John Davis of Windsor

By |April 1st, 2016|

This John Davis Clock sits in the main hallway of Clifton House. We hadn’t been sure how it had ended up in Clifton House.

John Davis of Windsor was a multi-generational clock maker from Windsor and they were hugely successful clock-makers and locksmiths. The supplied locks and clocks to Eton College and Baylis House in Slough. […]

Museum Week

By |March 31st, 2016|

‪#‎Museumweek‬ is a fantastic opportunity to explore the artefacts and documents we have at Clifton House. The New Burying Ground (Clifton Street Cemetery) had two benefits for the Poor House as it gave them somewhere to bury their dead and also provided a revenue from the plots which they sold. They were also able to […]

World Water Day 2016

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Supplying water to Belfast was fraught with difficulties. One of the most difficult was Lord Donegall withdrawing permissions to use some of the springs which were on his land (he own the majority of Belfast at this time.) On 29th April 1837 the Society wrote this extremely apologetic letter to his Lordship in an effort […]

The Matter of the Missing Minutes

By |March 16th, 2016|

I have been doing some work this week looking at the links between the Belfast Charitable Society and the Belfast Chamber of Commerce of which there are many. One of the most surprising things I found relates to missing information.

There has been great debate over many years about the “missing” Minute Books belonging to the […]

Mary Ann McCracken And The Poor House

By |March 10th, 2016|

Here is a taster of the event held in Clifton House to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016.

The Ladies Committee was set up on March 1824.  The initial Minutes made the following statement;

“The Ladies forming this Committee respectfully submit this proposal, to the Committee of Gentlemen, in the hope of obtaining their approbation and support to […]

Mary Ann McCracken & The Poor House

By |February 29th, 2016|

International Women’s Day 2016

We are holding a presentation next Tuesday 8th March at 11.00am with tea, coffee and scones looking at Mary Ann McCracken and her significant role in caring for the children of the Poor House.

The presentation will be delivered by Louise Canavan, the Society’s Archivist and will last for around one hour allowing […]

International Women’s Day 2016

By |February 19th, 2016|

We are currently organising an event to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016.  Women were very important to the running of Belfast Poor House, whether it was Mrs Corruthers, who was a Superintendent or Mary Anne McCracken who was a member of the Ladies Committee.  The women who came to the House […]

Tales From The Archive

By |February 12th, 2016|

I found this letter this morning tucked into one of our Children’s Admission Books.  William John Delaney was admitted to the Poor House on 12th December 1876.  His case was considered on 9th December 1876 despite a motion being raised to suspend all child admissions due to lack of funds.  The motion was defeated and […]