Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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PRONI holds a diverse range of archives from official and private sources, including church and school registers, court records, wills, land valuation and landed estate records.

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Opening hours

09:00 - 16:45 Mon-Wed and Fri
10:00 - 20:45 Thurs

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Collection details

Archives, Industry, Law and Order, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Presbyterian Church Records
  • Church of Ireland Records
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Suffragette Newsletter

Voices and Votes: Suffrage and Representation of the People, 1832 – 1928

  • 2 July 2018 10am-1pm

To mark the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has developed an exhibition exploring the journey from reform of the 40-shilling franchise to universal suffrage, and recognising some of the many people who championed change.

Prior to 1832, the right to vote was restricted to men who owned or rented land with an income worth 40 shillings or more per year – today, this would be equivalent to a rental value of c.£2000 per month. The first voting reform in over 400 years came with The Representation of the People Act 1832, which gave the vote to men whose property had a rental value of £10 per year or more – giving about one in seven men the right to vote. A number of further reforms took place in the nineteenth century, however the most radical changes to the electoral system occurred in 1918. The Representation of the People Act 1918 was the first Act to introduce voting rights for women, albeit only for those over the age of 30 and subject to a number of qualifications. It is also significant in that it extended the franchise to all men over the age of 21 for the first time, without qualification. It would take a further ten years before men and women were granted equal suffrage in the UK.


The launch will be followed by a half day conference which will examine the history and context of suffrage and the Representation of the People Act, and its legacy and impact. (10.10am – 1pm).

Speakers include:
•Dr Margaret Ward (Historian and author of ‘Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Feiner: Her Memoirs and Political Writings’)
•Niall Kerr (Digital Resource Developer, The Nerve Centre)
•Glynn Kelso (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)


Belfast 1915

The Great Watershed – Belfast before and after the First World War

  • 6 August 2018 1-2pm

Roger Dixon will look at the impact of the First World War on the economy and society in Belfast. Roger has been the librarian at National Museums Northern Ireland for over 30 years.

The Eastside Arts Festival 2018 will run from 2 – 12 August 2018.


Suffragette Supporters in Belfast

Carson's Betrayal of Women? Unionist attitudes to female suffrage 1912-14

  • 8 August 2018 1-2pm

With Edward Carson opposed to women’s right to vote and the WPSU declaring war on Unionism in 1914, you might assume that the Unionist attitude during the Home Rule Crisis was homogeneously anti-suffrage. However, historian Jason Burke poses that the relationship between Unionism and suffragists was, in fact, much more complicated than it first appears. Beginning with the 1912 Conciliation Bill this talk explores the position of the Ulster Provisional Government, the ‘promise’ of votes for women, and the apparent U-turn in 1914. In light of the evidence, Burke ponders, “Was Edward Carson a fair target for suffragist anger?”



The Dreams Must be Dreamed: The Life and Times of Charlotte Despard

  • 10 August 2018 1-2pm

In the 1930s, one of the most remarkable figures of the women’s suffrage movement lived for a while on the Newtownards Rd. Charlotte Despard was in her eighties by then but still an avid revolutionary. So much so that her home was kept under the watchful daily eye of the police.

The Eastside Arts Festival 2018 will run from 2 – 12 August 2018.


Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret

Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900): Artist & Director of the National Gallery, London

  • 5 September 2018 1-2pm

This talk will illuminate the varied strands of Burton’s career as artist, antiquarian and museum director.

Sir Frederick William Burton was an Irish painter from County Wicklow who went on to become the third Director of the National Gallery, London. His water colour entitled The Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864) was voted by the Irish public as Ireland's favourite painting in 2012.

Dr Marie Bourke is an art-cultural historian and former Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland. A former Adjunct Professor in University College Dublin, she is currently on the board of the Heritage Council. Marie published The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000 (2011, 2nd edition 2013), and curated the recent NGI exhibition Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art (2017-18).

Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederic William Burton - Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland




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