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: 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....
A Street Through Time: Skin Hospital

A Street Through Time: Skin Hospital

Skin Hospital on map of Clifton Street The Purdon family are widely acclaimed as the pioneers of contemporary dermatology in Northern Ireland. H.S. Purdon, who came from a long line of acclaimed doctors, spotted a lack of targeted care for skin diseases in...
A Street Through Time: Benn Hospital

A Street Through Time: Benn Hospital

Benn Hospital on map of Clifton Street    The ‘Ulster Ear, Eye and Throat Hospital’ also known as the ‘Benn Hospital’, was located on the junction of Clifton Street and Glenravel Street. The building was funded by philanthropist...