Showing posts with label History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Book Launch: 'Dark Days and Brighter Days for Northern Ireland Railways 1973-2013' by Edwin McMillan

New title from Newtownards-based Colourpoint Books launches tomorrow, Thursday 21 April at 12:30. To coincide with the 40th birthday of Central Station later this month, the launch will take place on the station's concourse. 

The launch will be attended by the publisher, the author, and Translink's Chief Operating Officer, Philip O’Neill, as well as other key staff. 

About the book
The railway system that makes up Northern Ireland Railways was formed in 1967 and remains open to this day despite threats of closure and the devastating effects of the ‘Troubles’. This new book records its history through the eyes of the author, an NIR employee for 40 years.

With interesting stories and much first-hand detail, this volume recounts the frequent dark days on this small network. On many occasions throughout the ‘Troubles’ there was disruption to train services; buildings and infrastructure were targeted; rolling stock destroyed; and passengers and staff were killed and injured. 

However, railway staff, including the author himself, had a determination to keep services running, many putting their lives at risk in the process.

On the brighter side, and through all adversity, Belfast Central Railway was re-opened; the Cross-Harbour Rail Link was constructed; railway routes and stations were re-opened; relaying of track continued; new stations were built; and new generations of trains were brought onto the railway.

Documented in detail, and featuring a comprehensive and unique timeline of incidents during the ‘Troubles’, this record of NIR is illustrated with many images from the author’s own personal collection.

This title is available to purchase now from, £18

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Archaeology and the Farset River - Wed 27 May, 6pm at Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich

Queen's University lecturer Ruairí Ó Baoill explains the complex archaeological history of the Farset River, a founding feature of Belfast. Specialist in medieval and post-medieval archaeology, he is also the author of Hidden History Below Our Feet: The Archaeological Story of Belfast.

For more information go to The Farset Project Facebook page.

Date: Wed 27 May 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich

The Farset Project is one of seven Creative Belfast projects funded by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund. For more information see the Creative Belfast webpage.

Friday, 12 April 2013

My Belfast 400 | Andrew Molloy, PhD Architecture student

Andrew Molloy, PLACE Volunteer and PhD Architecture student.

April 27th 2013 marked four hundred years since Sir Arthur Chichester read out Belfast’s Royal Charter received from King James I and granting Belfast’s town status, a moment immortalised by John Luke’s fantastically vibrant mural under the dome of City Hall. Belfast City Council took the opportunity of this date lying so near the long Easter weekend to throw open the doors of the City Hall and host an array of events celebrating this anniversary, all absolutely free to anyone who wanted to come along. For a self-confessed ‘Belfast geek’ (or should that be ‘enthusiast?’) such as myself this was an opportunity too good to miss. 

Photo by Andrew Molloy.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship

Applications are invited for the Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship, open to architects and architectural historians.

The BSR Library in Rome. Image via

It is a three month residency (October to December 2011), with accommodation in a study-bedroom, meals in our communal dining room, 24-hour access to our historic library collection, a research grant of c. £700 per month, and a group show.

Further details (including eligibility criteria) are available at

For any further information, please contact Gill Clark at [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 1 February 2011.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The past inside the present

Sergey Larenkov's blog features images of significant historical events in cities like Berlin, Moscow and Prague - mostly from WWII era - combined with their modern day setting.


Thursday, 1 April 2010

"The History of the City" from In Our Time

Above: Victorian London around 1900 via mdavids2000 on Flickr

Now available on the iPlayer, two editions of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on "The History of the City".

The first programme takes the long view from Mesopotamia in the 8th Century BC up until the milestone of London passing 1 million inhabitants in 1801. The second episode, which aired this morning, focuses on the explosion of development from the 19th century to the present which has transformed both city centres and vast swathes of their surrounding landscapes.

Panelists include Peter Hall, Tristram Hunt and Ricky Burdett.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time - The History of the City, Part 1 and Part 2