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Where we used to shop …
Norman Weatherall presentation on Where we used to shop. A trip down memory lane, and beyond focused on the great department stores of Belfast.
Summer Outing 2018
The Summer 2018 Society outing was to the award winning 550 acre Blessingbourne Country Estate near Fivemiletown, in County Tyrone.
The Italians in Bangor
Peter Vanucci on the Italian families who came to live in Bangor, prominent among whom were the Vanuccis, Capronis and Mencarellis.
Bygone Superstitions in Ulster
Superstitions were once supremely strong in Ulster. David Hume's talk examined many of the beliefs of a bygone era as well as exploring their origins.
Mourne Men and the U-Boats 1914-18
Matt Maginnis on a number of encounters between local vessels and u-boats in the Irish Sea - by 1917 the Germans had resumed unrestricted submarine warfare so that any type of ship might be attacked.
The Cinderella House
John Grace's presentation on the architecture of Mount Stewart was so titled because something kept getting in the way of it being finished.
Aspects Festival 2017
Bangor Historical Society sponsored one of the events - Replanting Paradise: Bangor on the Hereford world map (c1300) - in this year’s Aspects Festival which took place from 14–24 September.
Cockle Row, Groomsport - beachcomber's delight!
The little beach in front of these ancient cottages seems at first glance like any other shingly patch of sand. But closer inspection reveals a curious thing.
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.
Guided Tour for Visually Impaired Group
Members of the South Eastern Health Trust’s visually impaired walking group with their escorts and organiser Laura Cromie enjoyed a two hour guided historical tour of Bangor’s seafront.
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.
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.
What can you tell us?
Can you tell us more about this mystery photograph supplied by Nick Wolsey?
The White House at Newtownabbey
In 2006 the White House at Newtownabbey featured in the BBC’s Restoration programme. It did not win, but interest in the project to restore the building was generated.