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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The 29th July 2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the death of one of Belfast’s truly remarkable women. Mary Ann McCracken was a social reformer whose work, philanthropy and courage continues to have a lasting legacy on the social, political and economic landscape of Belfast today. She worked tirelessly to help many people suffering from […]
Tuesday 26th July 2016 – Launch Event
Venue: Linenhall Library
Event: Lecture by John Gray on the Life of Mary Ann McCracken Description: John Gray, former Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, asks why social reformer Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866), above all other women of her time, remains in the public eye.
Friday 12th August 2016 […]
This day 75 years ago Clifton House was quiet and deserted. Only once prior to this time had the house been completely empty – 1798. The army had cleared it in a rush in 1798 in a bid to flush out the radicals in Belfast at the time, however, this time the decision to empty […]
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 […]