News & Features
Bygone Superstitions in Ulster Bygone Superstitions in Ulster
Sandra Millsopp
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 Mourne Men and the U-Boats 1914-18
Sandra Millsopp
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 The Cinderella House
John Grace
John Grace's presentation on the architecture of Mount Stewart was so titled because something kept getting in the way of it being finished.

Ulster Presidents of the USA Ulster Presidents of the USA
Sandra Millsopp
The number of American presidents of Ulster descent varies according to the source used, but was about thirteen. For his talk Ronnie Hanna selected six of them.

Colditz: Escapes and Escapades Colditz: Escapes and Escapades
Sandra Millsopp
With the help of a magnificent model of the infamous Castle, Richard Parkinson spoke about life for the POWs and their attempts to escape from Oflag IVC.

Aspects Festival 2017 Aspects Festival 2017
BHS
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! Cockle Row, Groomsport - beachcomber's delight!
Ian Wilson
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 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.

Guided Tour for Visually Impaired Group Guided Tour for Visually Impaired Group
Adrianne Brown
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 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.

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.

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.

What can you tell us? What can you tell us?
Don Patterson
Can you tell us more about this mystery photograph supplied by Nick Wolsey?

The White House at Newtownabbey The White House at Newtownabbey
Sandra Millsopp
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.

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
The Story of the Italian in Bangor (AGM)
Peter Vanucci
North Down Museum
12 April 2018. 8pm
The Story of the Italian in Bangor (AGM)

Photo Feature
Miscellaneous Photos
Various photos reflecting aspects of Bangor Historical Society's activities
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
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This nostalgic record compares images of old postcards with contemporary photographs of the same scenes in Bangor today.