News & Features
Killymoon and the Stone circles
Ellen Elder reports on the Spring Outing to Kilymoon and Beaghmore.
Spring Outing 2017
On 20 May 2017 the annual spring outing visited Killymoon Castle and Beaghmore Stone Circle in County Tyrone.
North Down Museum Postcard Collection
Leanne Briggs of the North Down Museum gave the Bangor Night talk on the Museum’s postcard collection.
Programme for 2017-18
Another year of local history talks will begin on Thursday 14 September at 8pm in the North Down Museum.
Fred Crawford - Carson's Gunrunner
Keith Haines is the author of the book ‘Fred Crawford, Carson’s gunrunner’. Crawford’s life and career have been ignored, despite the important role he played in Ulster history in the early twentieth century.
The Houses of East Belfast
The talk by author Aidan Campbell was about some of the big houses of east Belfast and was illustrated by old photographs.
The Princess Victoria Disaster
Stephen Cameron, author of the book Death in the North Channel on the Princess Victoria disaster which occurred on 31 January 1953.
The first British woman to swim the English Channel also made four unsuccessful attempts to cross the North Channel.
Northern Ireland and Tierra del Fuego
Captain Mahood of Portavogie and the crew of the River Lagan were shipwrecked on uninhabited Staten Island for six weeks; and then there is Captain Robert Fitzroy of the Beagle.
How First Bangor nearly lost its tree …
Perhaps the best known landmark in Bangor Town Centre, for visitors and residents alike, is “the church with the big tree” on Main Street. The tree was planted around 1843 by First Presbyterian Church Bangor’s longest serving minister, Rev Hugh Woods.
Autumn Outing 2016
The weather didn't look too promising as we set off for our annual autumn outing which visited various local places associated with World War I.
Ards Peninsula and World War I
A Heritage Lottery Fund grant enabled Bangor Historical Society to take a bus trip to visits places associated with events of World War i.
Scrabo Tower and the Londonderrys
Tom Beggs had a full house for his talk which looked mainly at the life of Charles, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry.
Ulster Sayings that mean something to me - so they do!
Ellen Elder takes a look back at some of the more amusing Ulster Sayings from her youth.
Spring Outing 2016
Our spring outing around the Ards Peninsula and Downpatrick areas visited Down Museum and sites associated with the 1798 Rebellion.
Down County Museum
The new gallery which opened recently contains the tenth century high cross which formerly stood in front of the Cathedral.
Circe's Garden, Mount Stewart
Our October gathering enjoyed an enthusiastic and informative talk by Mr Neil Porteous, Head Gardener at Mount Stewart.
9th Century Bells Exhibition
An exhibition in North Down Museum from 20 May to 28 June is bringing together three important early Christian bells - the Bangor Bell (above), the Lough Lene Bell and the Cashel Bell - for first time since they were cast over 1,200 years ago!
Spring Outing to the North West
There were stops at Ashbrook House, Dunmore House, Raphoe Cathedral and the Monreagh Ulster-Scots Centre.
On the CS Lewis Trail
The 2014 autumn outing took the form of an afternoon bus trip led by Sandy Smith to visit places in Belfast connected to CS Lewis.