Recently the project team have been involved in a number of outreach activities which included hosting events (e.g. Crumlin Road Gaol QUB Impact event, 17 April) and improving our online presence. We have created a new project blog which you can see at www.belfastpovhist.com and we are also tweeting @belfastsickpoor.
You can click on the above link to read our latest post, written by Robyn Atcheson, which looks at religion and philanthropy in early 19thC Belfast. A sequel, which looks at the Shankill Road Town Mission in the 1890s, is provided by Stuart Irwin and will be up in the next few days.
Please keep an eye on our blog (or subscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out what we are up to.
We will be adding resources over the coming months including audio from our February workshop and the Crumlin Road Gaol event, and pointing you in the direction of externally-produced resources for the study of poverty and public health in Belfast since 1800.
For now though, listen to the dulcet tones of Olwen Purdue as she provides context and comment on a series of evocative images revealing the backstreets of Belfast at the turn-of-the-century that were collated into a slideshow by BBC Northern Ireland. Click here
Queen's Historians go to Gaol: Prison, poorhouse and philanthropy in the lives of Belfast's poor, 1800-1939
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2013
Venue: Crumlin Road Gaol, 53-55 Crumlin Road, Belfast, BT14 6ST
As part of the ‘Queen’s in the Community’ initiative, members of the School of History are holding an event at Crumlin Road Gaol where we will discuss the poor, criminal and sick of Belfast in the past.
Speakers include Prof Peter Gray, Drs Olwen Purdue, Sean Lucey, Georgina Laragy and Elaine Farrell as well as QUB postgraduate students Robyn Acheson and Stuart Irwin.
ALL are welcome to what promises to be a fascinating afternoon. For a look at the programme please click here
This is a collaborative research and dissemination project on the welfare and public health history of Belfast and its hinterland (north-eastern Ulster), informed by three interlinked and co-ordinated case studies focusing on specific dimensions of that history.
Principal Investigator – Professor Peter Gray
Co-Investigator – Dr Olwen Purdue
Research Assistant 1/Project Manager – Dr Georgina Laragy
Research Assistant 2 – Dr Sean Lucey
Project PhD Student – Ms Robyn Atcheson
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2012-15
Project Office: 15 University Square, Room 202 (ext. 3664). Email: email@example.com
For more details on the individual project elements click here