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Clifton House Online Talk Series

2 Clifton Street, Belfast, County Antrim, BT15 1ES
Clifton House Online Talk Series


This virtual talk will take via Zoom. On purchasing a ticket, a Zoom ID will be emailed to you on the morning of the event. For further information, email

The full list of talks are:

Friday 5th February 2021, The Chichester Family: Lords of Belfast Online Talk. 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. The family's influence, both positive and negative, helped to shape the development of the town, and many streets still retain their names today. Book here:

Friday 12th February 2021, HERstory: The Women of Clifton House Online Talk
This talk will explore the history of Clifton House through the lives of the women who were involved with the Belfast Charitable Society; from well-known figures such as Mary Ann McCracken and the role of the Ladies Committee, through to the matron and the other women who drove the direction of charity in Belfast throughout the centuries. Book here:

Friday 19th February 2021, Doctors & Disease: The Medical History of the Poor House Online Talk
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. Book here:

Friday 26th February 2021, Lesser Spotted Graves of Clifton Street Cemetery Online Talk
This talk will delve into the burial registers of Clifton Street Cemetery to explore the equally fascinating lives of the ‘lesser spotted graves’ of Clifton Street Cemetery including a French prisoner of war turned barber! Book here:

Friday 5th March, Paper & Politics: The Joy Family Online Talk
Join our Archive & Heritage Development Officer as we explore the Joy family from the 1700s through to the 1940s. Book here:

Friday 12th March, The Bigger Family Picture: From 1798 to Partition Online Talk
The Bigger family of Mallusk and Belfast have a long association with both Belfast Charitable Society and North Belfast. Explore this remarkable family through some of its most interesting personalities including the noted antiquarian Francis Joseph Bigger.
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Friday 19th March, Plots & Plotters: Belfast Charitable Society and the 1798 Rebellion Online Talk
Explore the history of the reformers & rebels who made the Belfast Charitable Society a “hotbed of radical activity” in the 1790s in this virtual talk. Hear about the Joys, McCrackens, McCabe & Cunningham who were on opposing sides of the 1798 Rebellion & how the Charitable Society, and its members, emerged from it.
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Friday 26th March, Industrial Philanthropists: The Barbour Family of Lisburn Online Talk
Explore the fascinating history of the Barbour Family of Lisburn, founders of Barbour Threads at Hilden. Book here:

Friday 2nd April, Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866): Her Life and Times Online Talk
This year marks the 251st anniversary of the birth of the philanthropist, abolitionist and activist, Mary Ann McCracken. Book here:

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Opening Times

05/02/2021 (5 Feb 2021 - 2 Apr 2021)

* 13:00 - 14:00

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