33 Ocean Building

33 Ocean Building

The office of the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council was in 33 Ocean Building. The Council was formed in 1911 in response to the planned introduction of home rule to Ireland. It became the largest pre-first world war women’s organisation in Ireland with an estimated 115,000 members. It had an impressive administration with a constitution, affiliation fee and paid secretary.

The popularity of the Council grew rapidly and its membership reflected all classes of Ulster society. The Council undertook a propaganda campaign against home rule through mass rallies and publishing pamphlets. Some members also joined the militant U.V.F. After the outbreak of war, the Council joined the war effort by collecting food and clothes, visiting soldiers’ families and providing comfort and financial help.

Following the establishment of Northern Ireland in 1920, the Council became involved in other forms of political campaigning including the registration of new female voters. The Council celebrated its centenary year in 2011.