Our Work

The overall aim of the North Belfast Cluster is to create a more confident sense of place through heritage-led regeneration.

We aim to achieve this by working to deliver economic regeneration, improve the physical infrastructure of North Belfast, to inspire community involvement, increase learning opportunities for all and to build confidence and capacity of those organisations within the area.

All of our support will help to ensure our buildings and stories of North Belfast are preserved and promoted for future generations.

Telling Our Stories

The Cluster is formed around buildings, but they would not exist without people. We know that buildings are only important because people make them important, and the stories of the people connected to our buildings are what brings our buildings to life.

This project tells the personal story of someone who cares about and loves our buildings. We photographed them and recorded them telling their story of why the building they use, or want to see reused, is important to them. Through this collection of stories we’ll be able to make sure that more people know why north Belfast’s heritage matters to people in the area today.

Our aim is make sure these stories help visitors and the local community understand their local history, told through the stories of local people, celebrating the diversity of backgrounds that make up north Belfast.

Explore some of our people’s stories below.

Belfast’s Victorian Expansion
Belfast’s Victorian Expansion
Diwali: Celebrating the Festival of Lights
Diwali: Celebrating the Festival of Lights
Quaker Meeting House: An Alternative Christmas
Quaker Meeting House: An Alternative Christmas
GPNB: Advent
GPNB: Advent
Christmas in the Poor House
Christmas in the Poor House
Annesley Street Synagogue: Hanukkah
Annesley Street Synagogue: Hanukkah
Betty McElnea on Frederick Street Quakers
Betty McElnea on Frederick Street Quakers
Ian Whoriskey on St Patrick’s Church
Ian Whoriskey on St Patrick’s Church
Adrian Fulton on St Malachys
Adrian Fulton on St Malachys
Aaron McIntyre on Clifton Street Cemetery
Aaron McIntyre on Clifton Street Cemetery
Stephen Mcallister on Clifton Street Orange Hall
Stephen Mcallister on Clifton Street Orange Hall
Fr Eugene O’ Neill on St Patricks Church and Parochial House
Fr Eugene O’ Neill on St Patricks Church and Parochial House
Satyavir Singhal on the Indian Community Centre
Satyavir Singhal on the Indian Community Centre
Ronnie Lawrenson on St Anne’s Cathedral
Ronnie Lawrenson on St Anne’s Cathedral
Pauline Cambell on Dunlewey
Pauline Cambell on Dunlewey
Janice Beggs on Carnegie Library
Janice Beggs on Carnegie Library
Eddie Conville on St Marys Parish
Eddie Conville on St Marys Parish
David Armstrong on the Redeemer Central
David Armstrong on the Redeemer Central
Colin Hall North on Belfast Working Men’s Club
Colin Hall North on Belfast Working Men’s Club
Bill Shaw on 174 Trust Duncairn Complex
Bill Shaw on 174 Trust Duncairn Complex
Bernard Jaffa on Annesley Street Synagogue
Bernard Jaffa on Annesley Street Synagogue
Frances and Sadie on Clifton House
Frances and Sadie on Clifton House
Philanthropy: Past & Present
Philanthropy: Past & Present
Belfast Blitz Remembered
Belfast Blitz Remembered
The Government of Ireland Act 1920: North Belfast and the Partition of Ireland
The Government of Ireland Act 1920: North Belfast and the Partition of Ireland
North Belfast Working Men’s Club: The First Bowl
North Belfast Working Men’s Club: The First Bowl
1865-1995 Burial Register – Clifton Street Cemetery
1865-1995 Burial Register – Clifton Street Cemetery
Edward Keys Diary – St Malachy’s College
Edward Keys Diary – St Malachy’s College
Painting of Rev. Dr. Richard Rutledge Kane (1841-98) -Belfast Orange Hall
Painting of Rev. Dr. Richard Rutledge Kane (1841-98) -Belfast Orange Hall
Redeemer Central – Rose Window
Redeemer Central – Rose Window
Annesley Street Synagogue – Mikvah Bath
Annesley Street Synagogue – Mikvah Bath
Sir John Lavery Triptych – ‘Madonna of the Lakes’ -St Patrick’s Church
Sir John Lavery Triptych – ‘Madonna of the Lakes’ -St Patrick’s Church
Anniversary Panels – Frederick Street Quaker Meeting House
Anniversary Panels – Frederick Street Quaker Meeting House
Clifton House – 1840s Charles Lanyon Map
Clifton House – 1840s Charles Lanyon Map
North Belfast Working Men’s Club – Bowling Green
North Belfast Working Men’s Club – Bowling Green
Indian Community Centre – Souvenir Booklet, Consecration Ceremony Day
Indian Community Centre – Souvenir Booklet, Consecration Ceremony Day
174 Trust: Duncairn Centre – Thomas Sinclair Memorial Plaques
174 Trust: Duncairn Centre – Thomas Sinclair Memorial Plaques
Carnegie Oldpark Library – Original Architectural Drawings
Carnegie Oldpark Library – Original Architectural Drawings
34-36, Cliftonville Road – Dunlewey Original Sign
34-36, Cliftonville Road – Dunlewey Original Sign
St. Anne’s Cathedral – Commemorative Booklet from Sir Edward Carson’s Funeral
St. Anne’s Cathedral – Commemorative Booklet from Sir Edward Carson’s Funeral
St Mary’s Parish Church-150th Commemoration Booklet
St Mary’s Parish Church-150th Commemoration Booklet
Thomas McCabe: Horologist, Abolitionist & Radical
Thomas McCabe: Horologist, Abolitionist & Radical
Belfast Orange Hall: ‘the metropolis of Orangeism’
Belfast Orange Hall: ‘the metropolis of Orangeism’
Quaker Meeting House: Peace, Tolerance and the Troubles
Quaker Meeting House: Peace, Tolerance and the Troubles
St. Mary’s: ‘Undoubtedly one of the most important parishes in Belfast’
St. Mary’s: ‘Undoubtedly one of the most important parishes in Belfast’
‘Clifton Ville’: North Belfast’s first suburb
‘Clifton Ville’: North Belfast’s first suburb
Carnegie: the ‘Patron Saint of Public Libraries’
Carnegie: the ‘Patron Saint of Public Libraries’
The Duncairn: Church, Covenant and Culture
The Duncairn: Church, Covenant and Culture
North Belfast Working Men’s Club: ‘The premier of its kind in Ireland’
North Belfast Working Men’s Club: ‘The premier of its kind in Ireland’
St. Anne’s Cathedral: A Civic Space
St. Anne’s Cathedral: A Civic Space
Clifton House, Belfast Charitable Society, and women workers in industrial Belfast
Clifton House, Belfast Charitable Society, and women workers in industrial Belfast
A ‘Carnival of Diversity’: The Indian Community Centre and the Belfast Mela Festival
A ‘Carnival of Diversity’: The Indian Community Centre and the Belfast Mela Festival
Sir Otto Jaffe: Lord Mayor, linen merchant and philanthropist
Sir Otto Jaffe: Lord Mayor, linen merchant and philanthropist
Donegall Street Congregational: Belfast’s Phoenix Church
Donegall Street Congregational: Belfast’s Phoenix Church
St. Patrick’s Church & ‘Little Italy’
St. Patrick’s Church & ‘Little Italy’
Clifton Street Cemetery: ‘A veritable Westminster Abbey in miniature’
Clifton Street Cemetery: ‘A veritable Westminster Abbey in miniature’
Great Women: Anna Burns
Great Women: Anna Burns
Great Women: Vivienne Scott MBE
Great Women: Vivienne Scott MBE
Great Women: Molly McNeill
Great Women: Molly McNeill
Great Women: Sarah Herzog
Great Women: Sarah Herzog
Great Women: Baroness May Blood
Great Women: Baroness May Blood
Great Women: Kate Slacke
Great Women: Kate Slacke
Great Women: Women’s History Month
Great Women: Women’s History Month
Great Women: The Sisters of Mercy
Great Women: The Sisters of Mercy
Great Women: Monica Barritt & Elizabeth Fry
Great Women: Monica Barritt & Elizabeth Fry
Great Women: Winifred Carney
Great Women: Winifred Carney
Great Women: St Brigid
Great Women: St Brigid
Great Women: Mary Ann McCracken
Great Women: Mary Ann McCracken
Great Women: Viscountess Craigavon
Great Women: Viscountess Craigavon
Great Place: Great Women
Great Place: Great Women
Celebrating Diversity: Past and Present
Celebrating Diversity: Past and Present
Celebrating Diversity: Art
Celebrating Diversity: Art
Celebrating Diversity: Music
Celebrating Diversity: Music
Celebrating Diversity: Language
Celebrating Diversity: Language
Celebrating Diversity Q&A: Quaker Meeting House
Celebrating Diversity Q&A: Quaker Meeting House
Celebrating Diversity Q&A: St Malachy’s College
Celebrating Diversity Q&A: St Malachy’s College
Celebrating Diversity Q&A: St Patrick’s School
Celebrating Diversity Q&A: St Patrick’s School

Archive Projects

The collection of stories and objects connected with each of the buildings is enormous. Keeping track of them and making sure that we know what is actually available is a major project and one that presents huge opportunities for the long-term.

This project will produce an archive catalogue and database for each Cluster member, worked to international best practice. It will enable members to begin the process of properly recording their archive material or building on what they have already started to do. This information is invaluable for exploring new stories to tell, sharing information across the Cluster, and potentially supporting members to start new programmes or tourism and business opportunities.

We are working with partners who will provide the coordination and practical support for the database creation. They can also support skills development within the members and provide a new opportunity for us to build volunteer and community involvement.