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'.Continue reading the main story
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.