Belfast backstreets 100 years ago

Belfast celebrates its 400th birthday this month. On 27 April 1613, King James I granted a Royal Charter to what was a quiet landing spot, setting in place the foundations for a great city.

This slideshow looks back 100 years to Belfast's last significant birthday. It offers a rare glimpse, through haunting images by photographer Alex Hogg, of the poor backstreets behind a booming global hub for ship building and linen manufacture.

Narration is by Dr Olwen Purdue, Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Queen's University and editor of 'Belfast, The Emerging City'.

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All images are subject to copyright. Images courtesy of National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Linen Hall Library.

Slideshow production by Alison Finch.

Related links:


Ulster Covenant

Ireland on the brink of civil war

Linen Hall Library

National Museums Northern Ireland

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