Migration in Belfast history: trajectories, letters, voices

Johanne Devlin Trew, Brian Lambkin, Patrick Fitzgerald

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This essay aims to demonstrate the rich research perspectives offered by examining the important role of migration in the history and development of Belfast. Taking a holistic approach incorporating multidirectional aspects of migration (i.e. immigration, emigration, internal migration and return migration), the authors describe the variety of types and formats of evidence available (objects, maps, letters, interviews) and how these resources and related methodologies of investigation can be combined to yield new and important insights about Belfast history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBelfast the emerging city 1850-1914
EditorsOlwen Purdue
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherIrish Academic Press
ISBN (Print)9780716531456
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 8 Nov 2012


  • migration
  • history
  • Belfast
  • Northern Ireland
  • 19th century
  • 20th century
  • research methods


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