Wednesday 12 December 2012

Book launch: Belfast, the emerging city 1850-1914

A newly published book exploring Belfast's development from the mid-1800s to the start of the First World War may be of interest to researchers with ancestral connections to the city.

Belfast: The Emerging City 1850-1914 is edited by Dr Olwen Purdue and brings together 17 studies that tell the story of a huge port city of increasingly diverse culture to which people flocked in search of work. The range of topics covered in the book is also wide but all the essays focus on the people who built or governed the city, and those lived in it or worked in it, or were just passing through.

With 304 pages and illustrated in colour this is a paperback that family historians with Belfast ancestors would enjoy and learn from. It is published by Irish Academic Press and priced @ £19.99. It's available through BooksIreland and other online sellers.

You can find out more about the book in this interview with Dr Purdue from the Irish News.