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At the heart of the North Belfast since 1774: Share your stories, memories & photographs of Clifton House

By |March 27th, 2020|

Clifton House opened in 1774 as the original Poor House for the town of Belfast. As the first public building in North Belfast, we have been part of the community for over 245 years.

During our tours of Clifton House many people tell us about the photographs they have of family events from weddings and christenings […]

Dr William Drennan’s (1754-1820) advice: Wash and be clean

By |March 24th, 2020|

In 1793 Martha McTier wrote to her brother, Dr William Drennan, seeking advice for the new ‘Lying-In Hospital’ she was helping to establish. In these times, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, his advice is as relevant today as when he penned his response in 1793.
If a house be established, the great advice is […]

On This Day 1826: The Belfast Charitable Society Ladies Committee is formally established

By |March 24th, 2020|

March is Women’s History Month and is is very appropriate that a number of our key anniversaries surrounding the formation of the Poor House Ladies Committee fall in this month.

On this day 1826 Belfast Charitable Society received the letter written by the women who had attended the meeting with Elizabeth Fry earlier in March 1826. […]

Elizabeth Fry & the Foundation of the Ladies Committee of the Poor House

By |March 13th, 2020|

On 13th March 1826 a meeting was called by Elizabeth Fry to encourage the women of Belfast to take an active role in the various charitable institutions within the town of Belfast. The women of Belfast agreed to write to the Poor House Committee for permission to set up a ‘Ladies Committee’ for ‘superintending the […]

Our Heritage, Our Future 2020 Conference

By |February 28th, 2020|

Despite the vast, rich and yet unique history and heritage of north Belfast, the area is overlooked when it comes to regeneration and tourism opportunities. The positive contribution all of this could make to the wider city tends to be is overshadowed by negative stories that reflect the impact of communities separated and torn apart […]

Meeting with the Consulate General of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines

By |February 26th, 2020|

This week Belfast Charitable Society were delighted to meet with Dr Christopher Stange, Consulate General of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, to discuss the ongoing work of the Charitable Society and the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, as well as Dr Stange’s involvement with the Fairtrade movement.

Dr Stange is pictured with Paula Reynolds, Belfast Charitable Society […]

Historic portraits on loan returned to National Museums NI

By |February 19th, 2020|

When Clifton House first opened as an interpretive centre in the early part of the new millennium a long term loan agreement was drawn up with National Museums NI. The loan was of three portraits to hang in the historic Board Room of the old Poor House to help tell the story of Belfast […]

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

By |February 9th, 2020|

This week marks ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ and we thought it would be fitting to look back at the activities of the Belfast Charitable Society, who were earlier pioneers of apprenticeship schemes in the Belfast area.

Between 1841 and 1846 there was never less than 100 children in the Poor House with a peak of 242 at […]

Patriot, Poet & Physician: Dr William Drennan M.A. M.D.

By |February 5th, 2020|

Dr William Drennan was the youngest son of Rev Thomas Drennan, minister of the First Presbyterian Church Belfast, and Anne Lennox. During this period Presbyterians were impacted by the Penal Codes, and as such many ‘sons of the manse’ attended university in Scotland. William Drennan studied arts in Glasgow (1772) and completed his medical studies […]

Clifton House to feature on Antiques Road Trip

By |January 15th, 2020|

In 2019 the cast and crew of Antiques Road Trip visited Clifton House to hear the story of Mary Ann McCracken. The episode featuring Clifton House will air on 28th January at 16:30 on BBC One.

Don’t forget to tune in!