Dr Paul Harron will give a talk to tie in with the publication by the UAHS of Architects of Ulster: Young & Mackenzie, A transformational provincial practice, 1850-1960. The book presents the most important and interesting work of the architectural and civil engineering firm of Young & Mackenzie of Belfast who became pivotal to the transformation of Ulster’s built environment – especially its capital, Belfast - – during the Victorian and Edwardian periods and into the twentieth century. The Ocean and Scottish Provident Buildings as well as Robinson & Cleaver’s and Anderson & McAuley’s department stores are just some of the firms’ landmark buildings.
In his lecture, Paul will highlight the significance of the principals in the cultural development of Belfast; how the firm embedded itself with influential and wealthy patrons and how it became the de facto architect to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. This is a story about business connections, patronage, survival and exceptional longevity, featuring notable historical Belfast figures, particularly Robert Young and Robert Magill Young, his son.
Paul Harron holds a PhD in History (on Young & Mackenzie’s work) from Queen’s University, Belfast, and is a graduate of the University of London and the University of St Andrews.
Cost of lecture/Members £10.00/Non-Members/£12.00/Students£5.00 Includes a glass of wine