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The Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club was established 150 years ago to promote the study of the natural history and archaeology of Belfast and its surrounding district.

This exhibition reviews the Club’s origins and achievements since then by focussing on a few of the many individuals who have enjoyed being its members.

Over the years, the Club has flourished and made a major contribution to the cultural life of Belfast. In the 1920s, it became the largest organisation of its type in the world.

Today, the Club still strives to attract people of all ages and from all walks of life. It helps experts to work and beginners to learn, while bringing both together on field excursions and at lectures and social events.

Citizen Science: 150 years of the Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club

Belfast Room, Ulster Museum, Friday 8th March - Sunday 2nd June 2013.

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Field Club members on The Honeycomb at the Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim.

This evocative image was taken on Thursday morning 11 June 1868 by ‘the well-known photographic artist, Mr Mack, of Colraine’. From the BNFC Archives.

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