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Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Banks In Belfast

By |May 17th, 2017|

When the Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752, there were no public banks in Belfast. The money for the construction of the Poor House was raised through a lottery scheme, and so some other form of security for the money was required. The Society procured an iron chest from Holland, fitted with three locks, […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Arts & The Poor House

By |May 16th, 2017|

The Belfast Charitable Society, and in particular the Ladies Committee, believed in education for life as well as work. The ladies, including Mary Ann McCracken, were determined to see that the children in their care should lack none of the benefits provided for children elsewhere. In education, the Poor House devoted a lot of energy […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Community & The Origins of Philanthropy in Belfast

By |May 11th, 2017|

Over the mantle in the Board Room of Clifton House sits the ‘Poores Board’- it is the only tangible evidence for the relief of distress in Belfast prior to the foundation of the Belfast Charitable Society. The ornate top reads:

GEORGE McCARTNEY Esq

Sovereign of the Borough of Belfast and High Sheriff

of the County of Antrim A.D. […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Women & Philanthropy

By |May 10th, 2017|

Traditionally philanthropy is associated with the ‘great and the good’ donating money to charitable causes. However, philanthropy past and present takes many forms. Mary Ann McCracken was born on July 8 1770, to Captain John McCracken, a Belfast ship-owner, and Ann Joy, daughter of Francis Joy, who had founded the Belfast News-Letter in 1737. Mary […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Wills & Legacy Giving

By |May 9th, 2017|

To celebrate Philanthropy Fortnight, we are posting a series of articles to compliment the themes and events being held in the next two weeks.  The first in the series looks at the Belfast Charitable Society experience of donations and bequests.

Gifts in wills have long been a traditional form of philanthropy for many centuries. When the […]

World Immunisation Week

By |April 27th, 2017|

24th – 30th April 2017 marks World Immunisation Week.  It aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life.  The Belfast Charitable Society and it’s work within the Poor House was often to the fore of medical advances, and this was true of their work with the development of immunisation  in […]

Easter Through The Years at Clifton House

By |April 14th, 2017|

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 […]

The Work of The Belfast Charitable Society

By |April 10th, 2017|

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 […]

International Women’s Day 2017 – Mary Ann McCracken

By |March 8th, 2017|

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 […]

245th Annual General Meeting

By |January 27th, 2017|

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 […]