|Municipal Technical Institute, College Square North|
Her great-grandfather's residence at the time was 2, Mount Pleasant, off Stranmillis Road, Belfast.
I had never heard of the Government School of Art so, after a little research, I discovered that it opened in 1870, in the north wing of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (Inst).
Other names included:
- Normal School of Design (1849-1855);
- Government School of Art (1870-1900);
- Municipal Technical Institute (1907-1930);
- Municipal College of Technology (1931-70);
- College of Art (1931).
|Royal Belfast Academical Institution, College Square|
The school closed in 1855 (government funding ceased in 1853) and a general lack of interest from local industry and manufacturers in Belfast.
|INST with the former College of Technology building on the right|
The then headmaster, Thomas Lindsay (b 1838), said that the school's aim was to impart instruction of practical value to the operative no matter by which craft he earns his daily bread.
The school's principal benefactor was possibly Vere Foster, youngest son of the Rt Hon Sir Augustus Foster Bt GCH.
I imagine that the headmaster would probably have walked from his home at Mount Pleasant via Stranmillis Road, University Road, Bradbury Place, Shaftesbury Square and Great Victoria Street to the school at College Square: Unless, of course, the weather was inclement; in which case the services of a hansom cab may well have been employed.Illustrious artistic alumni of the Art School have included Rosamund Praeger, John Luke and Paul Henry.
Inst, established in 1810, is located at College Square East in central Belfast.
First published in January, 2009.