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Walking tours led by QUB Academic Staff

Hosted by School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, QUB

Walking tours led by QUB Academic Staff

To pre-register for these walking tours, please email and indicate which walking tour (A-E) you would like to join. Numbers are limited and booking is first come, first served; please let us know in advance if you are unable to join a tour you have registered for. Tours are free, although some sites may have a small entrance fee and some use of public transport may be required. Please wear sensible footwear and bring rainproofs! The starting point for each is the War Memorial Statue at the front door of Queen’s University facing University Road, where your guide will meet you.

A. Urban Histories of 20th-Century Belfast (led by Prof Sean O’Connell: and Dr Dominic Bryan:

Tuesday 3/4/18 16.00-18.00 (Meet at War Memorial Statue, 16.00)

Will focus on the impact of social change, de-industrialisation and the ‘Troubles’ conflict on the urban environment of city, on current oral history projects, and the contestation over space and identity in urban space.

[Focus: Urban History / Oral History Networks] Maximum: 25 persons


B. Urban History of Belfast c.1607-1914 (led by Prof Sean Connolly:

Wed. 4/4/18 13.30-15.30 (Meet at War Memorial Statue, 13.30)

A survey of the development of Belfast as an urban settlement, from 17th-Century Plantation town to late Victorian and Edwardian industrial powerhouse, as a site of communal conflict and co-existence, and as a manifestation of civic pride and aspiration. [Focus: Urban History Network]. Maximum: 25 persons


C. Religious History of Belfast (led by Dr Andrew Holmes: )

Thu. 5/4/18 11.00-13.00 (Meet at War Memorial Statue, 11.00)

Will take in some of the principal religious sites in Belfast, associated with the Presbyterian, Anglican and Catholic traditions and review the history of religious division and engagement in the city.

[Focus: Religion Network] Maximum: 25 persons


D. Women, Gender and the City (led by Dr Elaine Farrell )

Thu. 5/4/18 13.00-14.30 (Meet at War Memorial Statue, 13.00)

Will focus on the history of women in Belfast, with particular emphasis on the development of female education in the city and university.

[Focus: Women and Gender / Education and Childhood Networks] Maximum: 18 persons


E. Welfare History of Belfast (led by Prof Peter Gray:  and Dr Olwen Purdue )

Fri. 6/4/18 11.00-13.00 (meet at War Memorial statue, 11.00)

Will involve a visit to Belfast’s 1771 Poor House and site of 1841 Workhouse and Infirmary (now City Hospital), with short presentation on history of welfare in the industrial and post-industrial city

[Focus: Social Inequality Network] Maximum: 25 persons