Clifton House’ series of online explorations of the history of Belfast continues this month with a series of talks that promise to be eye-openers.

On May 7 they will be revealing the ‘Lesser Spotted Graves’ of Clifton Street Cemetry.
While many are aware of the famous names buried there this promises to delve into the burial registers to explore a series of fascinating people.
The last resting place of activist, abolitionist and reformer Mary Ann McCracken and the founder of the United Irishmen, Dr William Drennan, there are also many more whose stories should be told.

Included in the talk is the French prisoner of war, who became a barber in the city.
The following week will include the history of the Bigger Family from 1798 to partition.
The Bigger family of Mallusk and Belfast have a long association with both Belfast Charitable Society and North Belfast.  The talk will explore this remarkable family through some of its most interesting personalities including the noted antiquarian Francis Joseph Bigger.

On May 21 the session will be on The Chichester Family: Lords of Belfast.
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. For 190 of the 246 years that Clifton House has been operating, Chichester descendants have acted as Presidents of the Belfast Charitable Society. This fascinating talk will reveal their long and colourful dynasty.

May’s talks conclude with Industrial Philanthropists: The Barbour Family of Lisburn on May 28. 

It will dig into 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.

This talk will touch of the development of the mill and the impact of the family on Lisburn and beyond, as well as how the family are still helping to tackle disadvantage in partnership with Belfast Charitable Society today.

Numbers for these hour-long sessions will be limited to allow for a Q&A session at the end. The Zoom meeting login to join the talk will be emailed to you on the morning of the event. The price of the ticket is per device.

Clifton House is the social enterprise of Belfast Charitable Society which continues to address disadvantage in Belfast and beyond today.
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