Clifton House

Clifton House

2 North Queen Street
Belfast
BT15 1ES
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5.00pm

Clifton House Heritage Centre was the original Poor House of Belfast. Now restored to its former Georgian elegance it is a truly unique setting for tours, talks and events.

Clifton House is an impressive Georgian building, set in tranquil landscaped gardens in the heart of Belfast. Opened in 1774 by Belfast Charitable Society, the building was used until the late 1880s as Belfast’s Poor House.  A great deal of what we take for granted in the city of Belfast today owes its origins to The Belfast Charitable Society. The foundation of social welfare, the supply of clean water, the city’s first hospital, funeral services, the beginnings of a police service and a municipal burial ground all began with the launch of the Society.  Clifton House was entirely renovated and now is home to our archive, heritage and conference centre, residential home and sheltered accommodation. The heritage centre is available for hire for a variety of events including meetings, exhibitions, AGMs, workshops, conferences, dinner and receptions. We run tours of the heritage centre to tell the story of this truly remarkable building.

Clifton House's Content

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Explore the fascinating history of the Barbour Family of Lisburn, founders of Barbour Threads at Hilden. The Barbour family were not only industrialists but philanthropists, supporting their workforce and the local community.
Dates:
28 May 2021
Belfast
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Online / Virtual

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The Chichester family laid the foundations for what would become Belfast City, owning it and the surrounding land for 250 years- a unique situation on the island of Ireland.
Dates:
21 May 2021
Belfast
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The Bigger family of Mallusk and Belfast have a long association with both Belfast Charitable Society and North Belfast.
Dates:
14 May 2021
Belfast
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Clifton House

Many of you will know about the key figures of Belfast who are buried in Clifton Street Cemetery including the activist, abolitionist and reformer, Mary Ann McCracken, and the founder of the United Irishmen, Dr William Drennan.
Dates:
07 May 2021
Belfast
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Explore the medical history of the Poor House as recorded in our archives, from the different medical establishments we supported, to the patients and the doctors who treated them.
Dates:
30 April 2021
Belfast
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Clifton House

This talk will examine Belfast and its ties to slavery, from those who owned Plantations and enslaved people, to the West Indian merchants who benefited from what Henry Joy termed “the infamous traffic in the flesh and bone of man”.
Dates:
23 April 2021
Belfast
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Online / Virtual

Clifton House

This Easter, Clifton House, the home of the Belfast Charitable Society and the original Poor House in Belfast, is running a special series of online talks.
Dates:
07 April 2021 08 April 2021 09 April 2021
Belfast
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Online / Virtual

Clifton House

Join us on International Women’s Day as our Archive & Heritage Coordinator explores how Mary Ann McCracken’s story has been written throughout the years, from her first biography in the late 1800s, to Mary McNeill’s seminal text on her life (1960; republished 2019) and the most recent publication by John Gray.
Dates:
08 March 2021
Belfast
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On 25 March at 7pm join us as Dr Margaret Ward speaks on Nationalist and Unionist Women in the Age of Partition as part of the Reconciliation Fund supported Clifton House Spring Talk Series ‘Partition & Attrition: The Formation of Northern Ireland’ .
Dates:
25 March 2021
Belfast
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Online / Virtual

Clifton House

On 18 March at 7pm join us as Dr Éamon Phoenix speaks on Joe Devlin, Northern Nationalists and the Partition of Ireland 1916-1922 as part of the Reconciliation Fund supported Clifton House Spring Talk Series ‘Partition & Attrition: The Formation of Northern Ireland’ .
Dates:
18 February 2021
Belfast

More Information

Type of Organisation

VCSE

Team

  • Cathy Megahey
  • Cathy Megahey