This year’s Aspects Festival which takes place from 14–24 September features a host of events which will interest lovers of history.

Bangor Historical Society are sponsoring one of the events - Replanting Paradise: Bangor on the Hereford world map (c1300) - a talk by Dr Diarmuid Scully who lectures in medieval history at the School of History, University College Cork. This takes places at 4pm on Saturday 23 September at Studio 1a on Hamilton Road, Bangor. Tickets cost £8.

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Civitas Bencur – the City of Bangor – appears on a single surviving medieval world- map: the Hereford mappa mundi (c.1300). This map achieves an extraordinary ambition: to present a universal visual library on a sheet of vellum measuring 5 feet 2 inches by 4 feet 4 inches.

The map gives Ireland and Britain a vital role in its essential narrative: the story of the human race and its salvation. Bangor’s contribution to this story becomes apparent when the Hereford map is read in the context of key texts, including Bernard of Clairvaux’s Life of Malachy of Armagh, who revived Bangor’s monastic heritage in the early twelfth century.

Other events that may be of interest include:

  • Thursday 14 September

    Clandeboye – Heritage, History and Place
    Remembering the Wars

    Free Events – Registration required
    • 9.30 – 11.30am: History and Literature Harvest
    • 12.00 – 4.30pm: World War I and II ‘Roadshow’ at Clandeboye Courtyard
    • 12 noon: Heather Montgomery and Living Legacies
    • 12.45 – 1.30pm: New Research on WW1 and WW2
    • 1.45 – 2.30pm: The Poetry of WW1 and WW2
    • 2.45 – 3.30pm: Commemoration and Memory
    • 3.45pm – Michael Longley: Reads the war poems (tickets £5)
    • 7.30pm – Lady Dufferin: Clandeboye and the World Wars (tickets £10)
  • Saturday 23 September, 2pm
    Dr Therese Cullen: In the Footsteps of St Columbanus – A Pilgrimage from Bangor to Bobbio
    Studio 1A, Hamilton Road. Tickets £8

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