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Charitable Objectives

Buy a Brick

The Foundation plans to move to new offices in the Corn Exchange, an historic building in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. We would like to ask for your support to help us realise our goal. The move to the Cathedral Quarter will make the Foundation’s expertise and resources more accessible to the local community and visitors alike.

You can help by buying a brick to enable us to reach our target amount. Each brick has a value of £25.00 (though you can donate a lesser amount) and your details will be added to the commemorative plaque, erected in our new offices, and your brick(s) will be added to the virtual wall acknowledging donors on our website.

Please note each "Brick" is virtual and will be included on our Virtual Wall and on a plaque naming everyone who was happy to donate.

Make a Donation

To support this campaign please select the quantity you wish to donate, then click the "DONATE" button below



We need to raise £30,000 to be able to achieve all our objectives for the new premises. We have already secured pledges from third parties for £15,000 towards the total amount, but we need your help to secure the remaining amount in match funding in order to draw down those pledges.

To view our digital wall of donations please click the following link:

Work has now begun transforming this space into the Foundation's new home! (12/1/2016)


Office space before the work commences (28/10/2015)


Our Plans

The corn exchange is an historic building dating from 1851. In recent years it has been completely renovated. Yet while aspects of the building may have been modernised, the office space is an empty shell requiring a full refurbishment. Our aim is to create a modern, accessible, user-friendly open-plan office layout, with public consultation areas, adequate storage space, and private offices. We hope it will include modern IT facilities for staff and visitors and bespoke shelving for the preservation and display of the unique resource of almost 200 volumes of the Belfast News Letter, spanning more than 40 years from 1955-1998 (recently kindly donated to the Foundation).


 View of the Corn Exchange building. We will be moving to spacious premises on the first floor in  Spring 2016

Previous 'Buy a Brick' Campaign

Those who supported the earlier 'Buy a Brick' campaign in 2009 - to fit out our research centre - will be pleased to know the shelving and work stations are in pristine condition and will be moved in their entirety to the new offices, to give continuing service to the Foundation's new home.

WISE donation
Alan Turner (second left) president of the Wales-Ireland-Scotland-England Family History Society (WISE-FHS), Denver, Colorado, visited the Foundation’s offices on Malone Road on Wednesday, 16 September (with his cousin Sara Kathro and her husband Jim from Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh) to deliver a donation from WISE to the Foundation’s Buy A Brick Appeal. The Foundation is grateful to all the members of WISE for their support for our campaign.



Alan Turner (left) president of the Wales-Ireland-Scotland-England Family History Society (WISE-FHS) and Fintan Mullan with WISE-FHS donation to our Buy A Brick Campaign.
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