Echoes of Sailortown

As part of BFI’s Coast-to-Coast programme, Household and The Sailortown Regeneration Group will temporarily reanimate St Joseph’s Church on Belfast Culture Night 2017. We will screen edited footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive to provide a brief glimpse of Sailortown’s rich history in the derelict church which was once at the heart of the local community.

St Joseph’s Church, located on Princes Dock Street, was closed by the Catholic Church in 2001, despite a parishioners’ campaign to keep it open. The building is now owned by the Sailortown Regeneration Group with plans to redevelop it as a culture, heritage and community venue to showcase the Sailortown area’s maritime and industrial history.


The Sailortown Regeneration Group act as a community hub for the residents of Sailortown, North Belfast, from their campus on Garmoyle Street. They regularly campaign on issues which affect Sailortown’s community and development.

Coast-to-Coast is a major film culture and archive programme – part of the British Film Institute’s Britain on Film project – that aims to highlight selected treasures from regional and national archives.

Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource for teachers, students, historians and anyone who has an interest in moving images. Spanning from 1897 to the present day, the films in the Digital Film Archive cover aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage. This event showcases Britain on Film material courtesy of Peter Martin, the UTV Archive, National Museums NI and PRONI. Enjoy watching local archive and find out more at

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