Academical Institute, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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From an ancient plaque on a wall in Galway to a celebrated centre of learning in Belfast to start the week. This imposing if architecturally bland building houses the Belfast Academical Institute better known as "Inst".

With thanks to today's contributors, we learned that the main building pictured (the Belfast Academical Institute) dates from c.1810, with the other building to the right (the Belfast Technical College) dating from c.1907. The latter helping date this French image.


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: dated c.1865-1914 (though possibly early 20th c.)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_02832

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Mar/2016 08:40:13

    What is the fellow fiddling with? A lawnmower?

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    Swordscookie

    • 07/Mar/2016 08:46:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Yes! A push along type and its going to take him all day to get that acre of grass done, poor sod!

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    M0GNM

    • 07/Mar/2016 08:51:02

    On the right, just visible, is Belfast 'tech www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/5676288597/in/set-72157... and out of sight is the famous 'Black Man' statue of Henry Cooke www.alamy.com/stock-photo/black-man-belfast.html

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Mar/2016 09:05:05

    The main building is dated MDCCCX, no help.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 07/Mar/2016 09:09:03

    According to their website, building work on the tech began in 1902, and the first students arrived in 1906, official opening 1907, so I'd say it's after that date.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Mar/2016 09:18:44

    Streetview (through the trees) - goo.gl/maps/uHpmz5etRHr

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    M0GNM

    • 07/Mar/2016 09:44:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley The foundation stone was laid and building began in 1810 (MDCCCX) with its formal opening in 1814, so it pre dates the 'Tech' and my old school, Methody, which dates back to 1868 and was/is one of Inst's great rivals.

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    robinparkes

    • 07/Mar/2016 10:20:25

    It still looks good today. I don't want to be pedantic but Belfast lies across the county boundary between Down and Antrim so its address does not include a county.

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    M0GNM

    • 07/Mar/2016 10:24:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Most of Belfast including the city centre is in Antrim so I suppose this is why it's usually referred to as 'Belfast, Co Antrim', but as you say parts of the east and south are in Down. For more detail see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counties_of_Northern_Ireland

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    Foxglove

    • 07/Mar/2016 17:45:17

    there is another "student" standing in a corner door!

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    Foxglove

    • 07/Mar/2016 22:05:56

    no its a window shadow

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    silverio10

    • 07/Mar/2016 22:18:25

    Buena serie de fotos antiguas ,

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Mar/2016 23:00:36

    Brilliant - thanks all. I'd love to confirm from the megazoom that the man pictured is using some complex gardening implement, but can't make it out. In the meantime have updated the date, location and tags to reflect today's learnings. Thanks all!

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    AndyBrii

    • 08/Mar/2016 11:44:46

    Award presentation plate from The Belfast Royal Academical Institution to Robert McConnell in 1834: : https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeljim46/7066795215/in/photostream/

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    Bwana_Samaki

    • 13/Mar/2016 20:52:17

    Since 1831 Inst has been known as the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the Royal title granted by King William IV. It housed the first medical school in Ulster after opening as the Belfast Academical Institution in 1814, it ran its own teaching hospital nearby. The anatomy theatre was used as the drama department until the 1980's.