Lauren Smyth

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Lauren is a PhD History candidate funded by the Department of Economy. She has also completed her BA Archaeology and History (First Class Honours) in 2018 and MA in Public History (with Distinction) in 2019 at QUB.

Lauren has also worked alongside the Belfast Charitable Society and the Great Place North Belfast heritage project which aimed to tell the stories of those who lived in North Belfast past and present. She also helped the team to create, catalogue and the manage the archives of these heritage organisations. 

Research Focus

Lauren is interested in poverty, child welfare and welfare institutions in nineteenth-century Ireland. Her PhD focuses on the pauper children who inhabited the Belfast poorhouse between 1800-1851. It will take the early history of the Belfast Charitable Society as a lens through which to explore the role of charitable organisations in the early nineteenth century Irish town. It seeks to find out attitudes towards the poor, how the middle classes tried to reform poor children through education and the connection between welfare institutions, poor children and industry.