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Children of the Poor House Archive Series

Clifton House, once the Poor House of Belfast, is one of the oldest working buildings in Northern Ireland. This summer, we continue to draw stories from its vast archive, most of which date back to the 1700s. Recently we developed a series of blogs focusing on the stories of the children who passed through its doors. They give a glimpse into the poverty families faced in developing Belfast and the tragedy that often surrounded their lives. They also document the care these children received once admitted to the Poor House, and the opportunities to escape poverty through the education and employment provided by the Belfast Charitable Society. Catch up on previous stories on our website: cliftonbelfast.com/latest-news/ or follow us on Facebook to catch upcoming installments: www.facebook.com/CliftonHouseBelfast


Mary Ann McCracken: A Life Through Poetry

A Life Through Poetry celebrates the birthday of local Belfast hero Mary Ann McCracken. Mary Ann was a remarkable abolitionist, philanthropist and social reformer, who lived her life fighting for the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. Renowned poets, Ruth Carr and Raquel McKee, will explore Mary Ann’s life and contemporary relevance through poetry in this unique online event. Listen, participare, engage.

Join us on Thursday 23rd June 2022 at via zoom at 7pm UK / 11am (California) / 12 noon (Denver) / 1pm (Texas) / 1pm (Chicago & New Orleans) / 2pm (Ohio) / 2pm (New York).

We would love you to join us from across the pond. Find out more or book your ticket here: https://cliftonbelfast.com/event/mary-ann-mccracken-a-life-through-poetry/

Bring Clifton House to you through Virtual History Talks

Clifton House have developed a number of historical talks based on original archive records, which date back to 1752. These can be delivered online via zoom at a time that suits you. Delivered by our expert guides, these talks last one hour, and are a little bit of Irish history delivered straight to your members, businesses or delegates. Find out more here cliftonbelfast.com/external-talks-and-tours/


A Street Through Time Archive Series

 Clifton House also features in a new archive series entitled A Street Through Time, which tells the stories surrounding Clifton Street in Belfast, once renowned for its grand architecture and esteemed residents. Located in the north of the City, today the street has changed beyond recognition. Why not follow these stories, building-by building, uncovering incredible tales of life, death and community through the ages. Catch up on previous issues here greatplacenorthbelfast.com/telling-our-stories/#our-research. To be notified of upcoming installments, don't forget to give us a follow at www.facebook.com/GreatPlaceNorthBelfast

 

Thank you for your time and consideration in reading about Clifton House. Proceeds from our activities contribute to the philanthropic work of the Belfast Charitable Society and the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, helping to tackle poverty and disadvantage in Belfast and beyond. If you would like to become a friend of the charity and contribute to this ongoing work, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

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