A six-week course – Plantation Towns: the urban history of Ulster in the 1600s – is to be held at Stranmillis University College, Belfast, from 18 October.
The Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s was the first colonising scheme in Ireland with formal urban proposals. In the minds of those who devised the Plantation scheme, towns would be both centres of trade and commerce and beacons of civilisation.
Drawing on historical, cartographic and archaeological evidence, this illustrated course looks at the development of Ulster’s towns in the 1600s, exploring their origins and pre-Plantation history, and their functions, whether social, economic or political.
The lives of the inhabitants of these towns will be investigated and the lasting legacy of these settlements will be considered.
The course is run by the Lifelong Learning Department and the tutor will be Dr William Roulston. It will be held on Fridays 11am – 1pm, ending on 29 November (no class 1 November). The cost is £45 (£35 concessions).
For more details, tel: +44 (0)28 9038 4345.