About Us

Learn more about the Great Place North Belfast project, our Cluster Members and funders.

Great Place North Belfast

Great Place North Belfast is a project of the North Belfast Heritage Cluster. The diversity of north Belfast’s heritage is part of the area’s strength. From Grade A listed city landmarks to local places of worship, the collection of what makes up the Cluster is at the heart of Belfast’s story, both past and future.

We have developed a strong community development approach in all our work to support each of the Cluster members both at an organisational and area wide level. We work together to deliver a series of connected projects that help address economic and social development in north Belfast – using what’s special about the area to create a more confident sense of place.

Building on this momentum, we have now entered a new phase to solidify working relationships between members, with statutory partners such as the DfC, DoI and Council  and close networks with the community in every neighbouring community and in minority communities.

Our vision is to create a more confident sense of place, by continuing to work in partnership with others in north Belfast.

Launched in 2018, the Great Place North Belfast project has achieved a great deal already. Visit Our Work and Our Research section to find out more. 

North Belfast Heritage Cluster

The North Belfast Heritage Cluster is a group of voluntary organisations that own or care for an historic building (and graveyard!) in the area. Our goal is to deliver heritage-led regeneration. This simply means making better use of what people care about – the collection of historic buildings and the real stories connected to them – to support economic and social development in north Belfast. It is about using what’s special about the area to create a more confident sense of place.

Our work is about:

  • finding ways to support the organisations who look after this heritage
  • making sure that people from all backgrounds can enjoy using the buildings and exploring the stories long into the future.

The Cluster has five overarching aims:

  • Deliver economic regeneration
  • Improve the physical infrastructure
  • Inspire community involvement
  • Increase learning opportunities for all
  • Build confidence

It currently involves:

  • Belfast Cathedral Church of St Anne
  • Redeemer Central: Donegall Street Congregational Church
  • St Patrick’s Church & Parochial House
  • St Patrick’s School (Belfast Jesuit Centre)
  • Quaker Society: Frederick Street Meeting House
  • Belfast Charitable Society: Clifton House & Graveyard
  • Belfast Orange Hall
  • Indian Community Centre
  • UniTorah: Annesley Street Synagogue
  • Malachy’s College & The O’Laverty Library
  • Carnegie Oldpark Library
  • North Belfast Working Men’s Club
  • 174 Trust: Duncairn Centre

For further information on each of the members, visit the members section.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Thanks to Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Find out more here: www.heritagefund.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritage

Belfast Charitable Society

Based at Clifton House, the Belfast Charitable Society has for over 260 years played a role in the development of Belfast and the welfare of its people. Founded by a group of leading businessmen in the city to build a Poor House and Infirmary for the most vulnerable citizens of Belfast, the Society continues to play a part in the city today, led by a board of members.