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Step back in time this Summer with Clifton House Tours! Tales of Belfast’s Original Poor House and More

By |July 2nd, 2018|

CLIFTON House, the home of Belfast’s first charitable organisation, the Belfast Charitable Society, is set to host a series of unique tours, offering an insight into Belfast’s original Poor House and telling the story of the interesting yet turbulent history of years gone by.

The Clifton House and Cemetery tours run every Friday from the 22nd […]

World Music Day

By |June 23rd, 2018|

World Music Day is celebrated each 23rd June and to mark the occasion here are a few extracts from our history and archives. Music formed an important part of the children’s education in the Poor House from an early period. This took the form of both singing and learning musical instruments.

During the 19th century the […]

Prince Charles visits North Belfast

By |June 12th, 2018|

The Prince of Wales began a two-day trip to Northern Ireland with a recital by the Ulster Orchestra in a 19th century Methodist church in Belfast which is undergoing major restoration. Prince Charles toured the Carlisle Memorial Church, which has served as a gateway to north Belfast since 1875 on the opposite side of the […]

“In a Blue Velvet Dress”: The Inspiration behind an Irish Ghost Story

By |May 14th, 2018|

On Friday 11th May Clifton House hosted a special ‘Plots and Plotters’ tour of Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery, looking at the radicals of Belfast in the late 1700s, in association with the Linen Hall Library to mark their 230th anniversary.  Prior to the tour commencing Monica Cash, deputy librarian, presented Clifton House with […]

The Poor House & the Irish Potato Famine (May 1846)

By |May 8th, 2018|

The devastation wrought by the Irish Potato Famine/ Great Hunger led to the hospitals and other charitable organisations in Belfast coming under immense pressure by May 1846. In order to cope with the demand these institutions came together to help relieve the sick and destitute.

In early May 1846 it was decided that the Poor House […]

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Another find from the attic in Clifton House

By |April 20th, 2018|

It is that time of year again when we can see a stretch in the evenings, and the thought goes through your mind that it is time for a spring clean. Well, the staff at Clifton House were doing their own spring clean, organising some boxes in our attic space and came across an unexpected […]

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International Women’s Day Wednesday 8th March 2018

By |February 21st, 2018|

Clifton House is offering a FREE talk on International Women’s Day on 8th March in Clifton House North Queen Street from 1-2pm. Come and hear more about Mary Ann McCracken. Please call to register your FREE place -028 90 997022

 

Countess of Wessex Opens New Hospice Facility

By |January 24th, 2018|

The new NI Hospice building in Belfast was officially opened by the Countess of Wessex yesterday, Tuesday 23rd January.

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the charity’s dementia-friendly facility which provides specialist palliative care services to people from all over Northern Ireland in Hospice and in the community.

It has 18 private […]

Midwives Day- “Wash and be clean”

By |May 5th, 2017|

The Belfast Charitable Society was one of the first charities established in Belfast, opening the doors of the Poor House in 1774. Over time, other important voluntary organisations emerged for the relief of distress in Belfast. One such organisation was the Humane Society for the Relief of Lying-In Women, founded in 1793 by the women […]

Mobile Volunteering Works Wonders for Local Charities

By |October 12th, 2016|

The Volunteer Now Mobile Volunteering Project, funded by the Belfast Charitable Society, through the Barbour Fund has helped to create 495 volunteer hours for various local charities across Northern Ireland. This project has given the charities access to additional support to produce or package promotional goods, count money or carry out minor administrative tasks which […]