We are delighted to offer delegates the opportunity of a private tour of Belfast City Hall on Wednesday evening. We have slots of 18:30, 19:00 and 19:30. These times will be allocated on a first come first served basis and limited to the first 50 delegates. Signup sheets will be located at the registration desk in The Clayton Hotel.
Led by an experienced guide, tours last around 30 minutes and include the history of Belfast City Hall and its finest features.
For many centuries, Belfast was a small settlement. Everything changed in 1613, when a Royal charter gave Belfast town status. It expanded rapidly, becoming an important port and manufacturing centre.
By the end of the 19th century, Belfast had outgrown its status as a town and was a major industrial powerhouse, known for its shipbuilding, ropemaking, engineering, tobacco and textile industries.
In 1888, Queen Victoria gave Belfast the title of city and it was generally agreed that a new city hall was needed to reflect this change in status.
Negotiations to acquire the one and a half acre White Linen Hall site, located in Donegall Square, began in 1896 and a price of £30,000 was agreed.
The new hall was built by local firm H+J Martin, following a design from Alfred Brumwell Thomas, who won a public competition with his classical Renaissance design.
Funding for the new building was raised from the profits of Belfast Gasworks for which Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) was responsible.
The first stone was laid in 1898 and building work was completed eight years later.
In total, Belfast City Hall cost less than £500,000 to build.
Belfast City Hall opened its doors on 1 August 1906 during a great time of prosperity for the city.
Today, the magnificent building is a lasting memorial to Belfast's success and a great source of civic pride.
|13 Apr 2016||Submission of structured abstracts (full, short paper), Special Session Proposals|
|25 Apr 2016||Invitation for complete paper submission (full, short papers)|
|06 Jun 2016||Submission deadline for full and short papers, work in progress, special sessions’ papers, posters, workshops, tutorials|
|20 Jun 2016||Notification of Acceptance|
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|21 Sep 2016||Conference Opening|