Belfast’s Victorian Expansion

Belfast’s Victorian Expansion

  Belfast in the 1890s was an industrious, self-confident city in the throes of economic expansion. Belfast’s staple trades – flax spinning and shipbuilding – had brought much wealth to the city’s merchants and businessmen, and regular (albeit low paid)...
Quaker Meeting House: An Alternative Christmas

Quaker Meeting House: An Alternative Christmas

Today, most Quakers celebrate Christmas with as much enthusiasm as any other Christians. It was not always so. Early Quakers aimed for simplicity and did not mark festivities. Every day was considered sacred – including Christmas Day, which was passed without...
Christmas in the Poor House

Christmas in the Poor House

Today’s blog post will explore the history of Clifton House, its occupants and how Christmas celebrations changed throughout the years both within and outside the walls! Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752 with the aim to open a Poor House and Infirmary....
Annesley Street Synagogue: Hanukkah

Annesley Street Synagogue: Hanukkah

Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is an eight-day religious festival celebrated by those of Jewish faith. This year, Hanukkah will begin at nightfall on November 28th and run through to nightfall on December 6th. The celebration marks the reclamation of the Holy Temple in...
Philanthropy: Past & Present

Philanthropy: Past & Present

Many (if not all) of the fifteen organisations comprising the North Belfast Heritage Cluster (NBHC) have engaged in philanthropic activity during their lifespan. Acts of philanthropy – defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others – were, and remain,...