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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Belfast: Past, Present, Future - Public lectures on the historical development of Belfast at PRONI during May / June 2014

PRONI would like to invite you to a special series of lectures focused on the history of Belfast.

2014 marks the 180th anniversary of industrial flax-spinning into Belfast; 175 years since the city’s first railway; and 125 years after the death of Sir Charles Lanyon. Within this context, PRONI is hosting a special lecture series which will unravel the historical development of Belfast’s architecture, layout and society, as documented in PRONI collections.

Globally, we are also currently witnessing an extremely high rate of urban development: by 2050 for instance, 70% of the world’s population are expected to be living in towns or cities. During this series, we will explore what this means for Belfast, as the face of our local municipality continues to evolve.

The lectures will be held at 1pm on the following dates:

  • Tues 6th May: Dr. Fred Hammond, industrial archaeologist: Belfast's industry and infrastructure, 1750 - 1911
  • Wed 14th May: Dr. Paul Larmour, QUB, Shaping Belfast: from early beginnings to Victorian expansion
  • Tues 20th May: Dr. Peter Smyth, historian and author: Belfast post-1945: a society in transition
  • Tues 27th May: Andrew Molloy, University of Ulster, Modernism vs. Conservation: planning 20th century Belfast
  • Tues 3rd June: Gary Potter, PLACE, The Contemporary City: Current developments, visions for the future

All lectures will be held at PRONI from 1pm to 2pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Please contact PRONI at [email protected] or telephone 02890 534800 to reserve your place.

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