News & Features
Killymoon and the Stone circles Killymoon and the Stone circles
Ellen Elder
Ellen Elder reports on the Spring Outing to Kilymoon and Beaghmore.

Spring Outing 2017 Spring Outing 2017
Sandra Millsopp
On 20 May 2017 the annual spring outing visited Killymoon Castle and Beaghmore Stone Circle in County Tyrone.

North Down Museum Postcard Collection North Down Museum Postcard Collection
Sandra Millsopp
Leanne Briggs of the North Down Museum gave the Bangor Night talk on the Museum’s postcard collection.

Programme for 2017-18 Programme for 2017-18
BHS
Another year of local history talks will begin on Thursday 14 September at 8pm in the North Down Museum.

Fred Crawford - Carson's Gunrunner Fred Crawford - Carson's Gunrunner
Sandra Millsopp
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 Houses of East Belfast
Sandra Millsopp
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 The Princess Victoria Disaster
Sandra Millsopp
Stephen Cameron, author of the book Death in the North Channel on the Princess Victoria disaster which occurred on 31 January 1953.

Mercedes Gleitze Mercedes Gleitze
Sandra Millsopp
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 Northern Ireland and Tierra del Fuego
Ellen Elder
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 … How First Bangor nearly lost its tree …
Ellen Elder
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 Autumn Outing 2016
Ellen Elder
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 Ards Peninsula and World War I
Sandra Millsopp
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 Scrabo Tower and the Londonderrys
Ellen Elder
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! Ulster Sayings that mean something to me - so they do!
Ellen Elder
Ellen Elder takes a look back at some of the more amusing Ulster Sayings from her youth.

Spring Outing 2016 Spring Outing 2016
Ellen Elder
Our spring outing around the Ards Peninsula and Downpatrick areas visited Down Museum and sites associated with the 1798 Rebellion.

Down County Museum Down County Museum
Sandra Millsopp
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 Circe's Garden, Mount Stewart
Ellen Elder
Our October gathering enjoyed an enthusiastic and informative talk by Mr Neil Porteous, Head Gardener at Mount Stewart.

9th Century Bells Exhibition 9th Century Bells Exhibition
North Down Musueum
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 Spring Outing to the North West
Sandra Millsopp
There were stops at Ashbrook House, Dunmore House, Raphoe Cathedral and the Monreagh Ulster-Scots Centre.

On the CS Lewis Trail On the CS Lewis Trail
Sandra Millsopp
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.

About Bangor Historical Society
Between September and April of each year we run a programme of regular Lectures and Visits on aspects of History, Folklore, Archaeology and Antiquities with a special reference to our local area of Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

Members and visitors are very welcome to attend our meetings which begin at 8pm on the second Thursday of each month.
Forthcoming Events
Children of Empire - the later Blackwoods of Clandeboye
Peter Stark
North Down Museum
14 September. 8pm
Children of Empire - the later Blackwoods of Clandeboye

The Big Houses of Ulster
Roger Dixon
North Down Museum
12 October. 8pm
The Big Houses of Ulster

The Ulster-Scots Presidents of the USA
Ronnie Hanna
North Down Museum
9 November. 8pm
The Ulster-Scots Presidents of the USA

The Architecture of Mount Stewart
John Grace
North Down Museum
14 December. *pm
The Architecture of Mount Stewart

Photo Feature
2017 Spring Outing
The outing visited Killymoon Castle near Cookstown and Beaghmore Stone Circle.
On The Internet
The Bangor Boulder
BBC: Your Place and Mine
A lump of rock which has been a meeting place for a Bangor community for more than a century has been saved from a developer's skip …
Website
Book Feature
Cover of Bangor Then and Now: A Pictorial Record Bangor Then and Now: A Pictorial Record (2012)
Adam G Bell
978-1780730455
8.66
This nostalgic record compares images of old postcards with contemporary photographs of the same scenes in Bangor today.
Photo of the Month
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Click the photo to see an enlarged version - can you tell us more about this mystery photograph supplied by Nick Wolsey?