Sailortown, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Exploring An Urban/maritime Community.

Author(s): Liz Anne Thomas

Year: 2016


‘Sailortown’ is the unofficial name given to a tiny enclave of streets, located on Clarendon Docks, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the 19th century and up to the middle of the 20th century Sailortown was a diverse community with manufacturing and maritime industries. In1969, following the downturn of Belfast’s industrial economy, plans for redevelopment of the Docklands commenced. In 2015 archaeological investigations, first of its kind in this area, focused on investigating household archaeology, and provided new information about the development of this area of Belfast and revealed the living conditions in 19th and 20th century houses in the maritime and industrial landscape area of Belfast.


This paper will report on the archaeological exploration of Sailortown, which is the subject of a three-year British Academy postdoctoral research fellowship, whilst addressing the challenges of conducting archaeologies of the cities especially in relation to the study of urban coastal communities in academia.

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Sailortown, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Exploring An Urban/maritime Community.. Liz Anne Thomas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434497)


Coastal industrial Theory Urban

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
19th/20th/21st centuries

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 412