Clifton House recently discovered a series of over 180 letters from Lt. Patrick Dixon to his parents and sister amongst other family papers. Thanks to our volunteer Jim Ferran, and Clare Tuohy who got in contact when the story broke, we have been able to piece together more of his life. Do you know of […]
North Belfast Heritage Cluster, a network of 15 voluntary organisations responsible for a range of historical assets in the area, is celebrating the start of a 3-year project called Great Place North Belfast. The project, which received almost £240,000 of National Lottery funding via the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place Scheme and additional support from Belfast Charitable Society, places heritage at the heart of north Belfast’s future prosperity, its sense of place, and the quality of […]
Great War Letters Unearthed in Clifton House: Lieutenant Patrick Kerr Dixon, Royal Garrison Artillery
The Belfast Charitable Society at Clifton House, whilst preparing for its autumn series of lectures, has uncovered a suitcase of letters and material from the Great War relating to the Dixon family of Dublin.
What has been uncovered is over 180 letters, most in pristine condition, which tell the story of an Irish Officer’s life at […]
They All Had Names: continuing to explore the burial registers of Clifton Street Cemetery’s Poor Ground
Clifton House is continuing with their ‘They All Had Names’ project on social media, highlighting some of those buried in the Poor’s Ground of the Belfast Charitable Society’s old graveyard, today known as Clifton Street Cemetery. Burial registers were kept from 1831, recording a wealth of information on people at the time of their death. […]
The year 1818 was one of famine, fever and poverty. The conditions in the town drove many people to desperate actions in order to survive. Mr Mills, Church Warden, reported to the Belfast Charitable Society about an usual occurrence a few days before in October 1818. The minutes record:
“a rap came to his door and […]
The home of Belfast’s original Poor House, Clifton House, was the focus for further discussions in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Healthy Cities Conference in Belfast on Wednesday 3rd October.
Attendees of the conference took the time to visit this historic building and to learn about the origins of health in the city of […]
Following on from our successful Spring Lecture Series, the Belfast Charitable Society are proud to announce that a second Autumn Series has been confirmed. The series is entitled ‘Shared History & Contested Events’ examining some of the key personalities and events in the centenary year of Armistice Day and the pivitol 1918 General Election. The […]
Belfast Charitable Society is set to give Belfast’s tourism industry a boost as it launches Northern Ireland’s first White Badge accredited tour guide training, which has been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Raising the professional standards of tour guides in Belfast and beyond, Belfast Charitable Society has been named as the […]
The Belfast Charitable Society faced many hurdles in raising the money to build the Poor House, but by October 1768 they were in a position to start collecting material to begin construction. The Charitable Society were extremely grateful to the philanthropic individuals who continued to support the work of the Society after the initial lottery […]