Great Place/ Great People: John Hewitt

Great Place/ Great People: John Hewitt

John Hewitt Hewitt was a poet and political radical born in Cliftonpark Avenue, North Belfast in 1907. As a student at Methodist College Belfast, Hewitt expressed a keen interest in poetry from an early age. Aged 17, in 1924, Hewitt is thought to have written more...
Working as an archivist in heritage

Working as an archivist in heritage

For many people interested in humanities, and history more specifically, it can seem unfeasible to turn that passion into a career. Often, our school years have encouraged us to pursue more ‘practical’ or ‘commercial’ subjects. The archivist...
A Street Through Time: Clifton Street Cemetery

A Street Through Time: Clifton Street Cemetery

In 1776 the original St Anne’s Parish Church opened for worship, sitting were Belfast Cathedral now stands, however burials in the town continued to take place at the old Corporation Church (now St George’s Church, High Street). However, the Corporation Graveyard was...
A Street Through Time: Clifton House

A Street Through Time: Clifton House

Clifton House on map of Clifton Street In 1752, 19 leading members of the emerging Belfast mercantile class formed the Belfast Charitable Society. The gentlemen were concerned for the welfare of Belfast’s poor, with little-to-no existing framework for their care. The...
A Street Through Time: Belfast Mercantile Academy

A Street Through Time: Belfast Mercantile Academy

Mercantile Academy on map of Clifton Street In 1854 schoolmaster John Pyper established his namesake ‘Pyper Academy’ in Belfast. Pyper was a vocal member of the North Belfast community in his advocation of total abstinence and involvement in the Temperance League....