North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group
Adrianne Brown (Leader, Bangor Heritage Group)
North Down Museum has a fascinating exhibition of panels and a film illustrating some of the rich commercial and industrial heritage of the North Down and Ards Council area.

Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (1) Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (1)
Sandra Millsopp
The Steamboat Hotel stood on the seaside of Quay Street in an area then known as The Parade.

Bangor Harbour: alive with marine wildlife Bangor Harbour: alive with marine wildlife
Betty Armstrong
Harbours by their nature attract a myriad of marine wildlife and Bangor is no exception.

Conlig and Whitespots Lead Mines Conlig and Whitespots Lead Mines
Ian Wilson
Enthusiasts for local history will be interested to know that this fascinating location is to become much more accessible.

HMT Lancastria (and other connections) HMT Lancastria (and other connections)
Andrew Jaggers
The 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner, HMT Lancastria , reckoned to be Britain's worst ever maritime disaster, falls on the 17th June 2020.

Ahoy the Beagle! Ahoy the Beagle!
Ellen Elder
HMS Beagle has been located in the Essex mudflats. What's the local historical connection with this ship?

Bangor Memories in the Northern Ireland War Memorial Bangor Memories in the Northern Ireland War Memorial
Michael Burns (Project Co-ordinator of Oral History Projects at NIWM)
The Northern Ireland War Memorial's oral history projects seek to capture the memories and stories of those local people who fought and lived through the Second World War in Northern Ireland and include a number of stories local to Bangor.

The Glen Yard The Glen Yard
Ian Wilson
Walk past the foot of Strickland’s Glen towards Carnalea and you will clearly see the remains of a slipway beside which Arthur Clapham carried on boat-building from the 1930s till about 1960.

Shipbuilding at Ballyholme Shipbuilding at Ballyholme
Betty Armstrong
Betty Armstrong looks at the history of boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme.

Captain STS Lecky, Master Mariner, Commander RNR, FRAS, FRGS Captain STS Lecky, Master Mariner, Commander RNR, FRAS, FRGS
Andrew Jaggers
The life and times of an Ulsterman whose name became extremely well known among seafarers, both naval and merchant, around the world.

Sounds of a Belfast Childhood Sounds of a Belfast Childhood
Ellen Elder
John Betjeman once said "Childhood is measured out by sounds, smells and sights before the dark age of reason grows" .

Ballymacormick Point Ballymacormick Point
Ian Wilson
The random thoughts of a walker.



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.

All meetings and outings have been cancelled until further notice.
 Bangor-by-the-Sea
Organiser Caroline McCoubrey is delighted at the positive response to the Seaside Memories campaign. The organisers are still looking to gather people's memories and seaside pictures, but also decided that it would be a shame to let the date Seaside Revival was meant to be on (4 July) pass by without marking it in some way. The Seaside Revival at Home campaign was launched on Friday 19 June. We are encouraged to celebrate Bangor's heyday as a SeasideTown by dressing up and having a picnic in our own homes and gardens. Look out for a post at the end of next week encouraging people to shop local for their outfits, makeup and picnic items, particularly with the bars and restaurants opening the day before.

Caroline says as someone who has been involved in the success of Seaside Revival over the last two years, it would be great if you could share this campaign with your friends and family, as well as take part yourselves. "We know we can't compare to last year, but we want to keep the spirit of Seaside Revival alive until we can run the event again in 2021".

Please post your pictures to our Facebook Page using #seasiderevivalathome.
 NIWM Oral History Project
Michael Burns of the Northern Ireland War Memorial Oral History Project The War and Me, would be interested in hearing of stories from the war years if any of our members would like to contact him. You do not have to have experience of the war yourself but perhaps you have memories of your family's experiences, photos or documents of interest.

If you want to write it down it can be long or short and can include background, dates and places of birth, evacuation destinations etc. The Bangor area experienced bombing, had servicemen based here, are there any GI brides in your family, did you have an air raid shelter in your street or back garden, were any family members in the forces?

Contact Michael at the Northern Ireland War Memorial, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD for further information:

028 9032 0392 or 07588634847
Photo Feature
Seaside Revival Vintage Festival
Thanks to a donation from Bangor Historical Society, the Conversation Caravan was able to have a much needed make over, to allow it to be taken out at our Seaside Revival Vintage Festival on Saturday 6th July.
Forthcoming Events