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Christmas At The Poor House

By |December 1st, 2017|

Every year Christmas seems to be getting bigger and bigger with decorations in the shops from September and the introduction of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales from North America. However, a Georgian Christmas was an equally, if not more elaborate affair, based around saints and feast days. The Georgian Christmas period began on St […]

“Minding The Children”

By |November 24th, 2017|

As we remember this month the first child admitted to the Poor House in November 1775 we also look at how the Belfast Charitable Society managed the children who were left in their care.

Admitting children was not without it’s perils and the archives record the first major incident involving children running riot in the house […]

Children’s Month at The Poor House

By |November 20th, 2017|

When people think of the Poor House in Belfast, one of the first things that comes to mind is the children who came through our doors. The month of November was a significant month for the children in the care of the Belfast Charitable Society. In November 1775, the first child arrived at the Poor […]

Social Enterprise Day 2017

By |November 16th, 2017|

A social enterprise is like any other business in that it works to deliver goods and services to make a profit. The difference is that they are driven by their social and environmental purposes and any profit made is reinvested towards achieving these purposes.  Today, the government defines social enterprises as “businesses with primarily social […]

World Mental Health Day 2017

By |October 10th, 2017|

Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year is a landmark anniversary. First held in 1992, today is the 25th day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues, and to fighting the still-associated stigma.  The Poor House, which opened in 1774 became a safe haven to many suffering from mental health problems long […]

World Pharmacists Day 2017

By |September 25th, 2017|

Today marks World Pharmacists Day.   The aim of the day is to bring attention to pharmacies and the positive benefits they offer when it comes to health and well being.  Although it is hard to believe, Belfast entered the 1790s without any type of public pharmacy.

Members of the Belfast Charitable Society attempted to open […]

National Allotment Week 2017

By |August 15th, 2017|

Allotments are a valuable resource to individuals and community groups who take immense pride in their up keep and produce. This National Allotment Week gives us the opportunity to have a look at the allotments and gardens at the Poor House and how they were used to benefit the residents.

The Belfast Charitable Society knew how […]

#OTD 1874 – Edward Benn Passed Away

By |August 3rd, 2017|

Edward Benn was born in Tandragee, County Armagh, in 1798. Edward and his brother George and began working in the brewing trade in Downpatrick, County Down. Later they moved to the Glenravel estate in Antrim where they distilled potatoes. They also made their fortune through iron ore which was found in the hills […]

#OTD 1771 – The Foundation Stone of the Poor House is Laid

By |August 1st, 2017|

On 1st August 1771 Stewart Banks, Sovereign of Belfast, laid the foundation stone of the new Poor House. He lived next door to the Donegal Arms Hotel in Castle Place, a place where the Belfast Charitable Society regularly met prior to the opening of the Poor House. The Newsletter reported the momentous occasion of […]

#OTD1866 – The Passing Of Mary Ann McCracken

By |July 26th, 2017|

On this day in 1866 the people of Belfast learnt of the death of Mary Ann McCracken. She had lived through some of the most turbulent years of Irish history including the 1798 rebellion, the Great Famine and the Industrial Revolution. Passing away aged 96, Mary Ann lived into a period where photography was becoming […]