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

Cover of Fred Crawford - Carson's Gunrunner Fred Crawford - Carson's Gunrunner
Report by 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.

Cover of The Houses of East Belfast The Houses of East Belfast
Report by Sandra Millsopp
The talk by author Aidan Campbell was about some of the big houses of east Belfast and was illustrated by old photographs.

Cover of The Princess Victoria Disaster The Princess Victoria Disaster
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Stephen Cameron, author of the book Death in the North Channel on the Princess Victoria disaster which occurred on 31 January 1953.

Cover of Mercedes Gleitze Mercedes Gleitze
Report by Sandra Millsopp
The first British woman to swim the English Channel also made four unsuccessful attempts to cross the North Channel.

Cover of The Covenanters The Covenanters
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Mark Thompson grew up with stories of the Scottish Covenanters in his home on the Ards Peninsula - many of the covenanters fled persecution by coming to Ulster.

Cover of Scrabo Tower and the Londonderrys Scrabo Tower and the Londonderrys
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Tom Beggs, local historian, on the Londonderry Memorial otherwise known as Scrabo Tower, and the family who lived at Mount Stewart.

Cover of The Life of Emma Duffin The Life of Emma Duffin
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Trevor Parkhill , local author, keeper of history at the Ulster Museum, PRONI, on the life of Belfast born Emma Duffin, a VAD nurse during the Great War.

Cover of Home, Politics and War Home, Politics and War
Report by Sandra Millsopp
This talk by Rebecca Ashton-Gordon, the project officer at the North Down Museum, was based on an exhibition at the museum.

Cover of Northern Ireland in the 1950s Northern Ireland in the 1950s
Report by Sandra Millsopp
The inequality which faced women in that decade; teddy boys; music was altering; changes in social attitudes were taking place.

Cover of A Life in the Day of an Industrial Archaeologist A Life in the Day of an Industrial Archaeologist
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Dr Fred Hamond on a subject that covers a wide range of topics such as mining, milling, electricity, canals and communications.

Cover of Kith and Kin: The Continuing Legacy of the Scotch Irish in America Kith and Kin: The Continuing Legacy of the Scotch Irish in America
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Alister McReynolds about a number of people of Scotch Irish descent who had been prominent in American life. Although often seen as part of the story of the American frontier, there was more to their lives than fighting and killing.

Cover of 1798 rebellion in County Down 1798 rebellion in County Down
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Linda McKenna from Down Museum talked about the 1798 rebellion in County Down, referring to exhibits there such as uniforms and weapons from the time.

Cover of The Archaeology of Thiepval Wood The Archaeology of Thiepval Wood
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Colonel Charles Bennett outlined the events of the First World War involving the Irish divisions and the 36th Ulster division in particular.

Cover of Circe's Garden, Mount Stewart Circe's Garden, Mount Stewart
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Neil Porteous on the development of the gardens at Mount Stewart by Edith, Lady Londonderry.

Cover of The Life and Times of Richard Hayward The Life and Times of Richard Hayward
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Paul Clements gave a talk on Richard Hayward, the subject of his biography Romancing Ireland .

Cover of The History of the Copeland Islands The History of the Copeland Islands
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Harry Allen began by explaining that the islands were one of 31 townlands in the parish of Bangor.

Cover of The History of Costumes The History of Costumes
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Madeleine McAllister from the Down County Museum used paintings and photographs from its collections as illustrations.

Cover of The Londonderry Family of Mount Stewart The Londonderry Family of Mount Stewart
Report by Bob McKinley
John Grace on the Stewarts who came to Ulster in the early 1600s when land in Donegal was granted to them.

Cover of The Belfast and County Down Railway The Belfast and County Down Railway
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Ian Sinclair and Len Ball on the Belfast to Bangor line, and the various stations on the BCDR network.

Cover of A light-hearted look at Ulster-Scots and Ulster-Scots Speakers A light-hearted look at Ulster-Scots and Ulster-Scots Speakers
Report by Sandra Millsop
Liam Logan, who has written books and broadcast on the subject, takes a light-hearted look at Ulster Scots.

Cover of Airships over Ulster Airships over Ulster
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Guy Warner on airships over the North Channel during World War 1. A member of the Ulster Aviation Society, he has written a number of books about aviation.

Cover of The Life of CS Lewis The Life of CS Lewis
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Sandy Smith has written a book on CS Lewis and the places in Ireland connected with him.

Cover of Lesson in schooldays of Bangor past opens Historical Society’s season Lesson in schooldays of Bangor past opens Historical Society’s season
Report by Sandra Millsopp
The opening meeting of the 2014-2015 season was held in the new Bangor Grammar School building. The talk on the school’s first hundred years was given by Trevor Gray, a former pupil.

Cover of The Workhouse in 19th century Ulster The Workhouse in 19th century Ulster
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Dr Georgina Laragy of Queen’s University is researching the period 1800 to 1973 with particular reference to the plight of the poor in Belfast.

Cover of Palace Barracks, Holywood Palace Barracks, Holywood
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Robin Masefield of the Bayburn Historical Society is currently researching the history of Palace Barracks in Holywood.

Cover of Swimming the North Channel Swimming the North Channel
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Brian Meharg had accompanied many of the more recent attempts in the total of 95 swims starting from various places such as Donaghadee, Orlock and Islandmagee.

Cover of The Hills of Hillsborough The Hills of Hillsborough
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Jason Diamond's talk was on the Hills of Hillsborough who became Marquises of Downshire.

Cover of The Annesleys of Castlewellan The Annesleys of Castlewellan
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Terence Reeves-Smyth talked about the Annesley family whose main property was in Castlewellan, although they had other houses and lands in the area.

Cover of Northern Ireland in the 1950s Northern Ireland in the 1950s
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Peter Smyth described a decade in which there were no supermarkets, no cult of celebrity, no millionaire footballers and no regulations from EU - but there were slums, little central heating and gas lighting.

Cover of The Growth of Bangor The Growth of Bangor
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Sandra Millsopp's talk on the growth of Bangor since 1613 concluded the Society's series on Bangor 400.

Cover of The Archaeology of the New Towne of Bangor The Archaeology of the New Towne of Bangor
Report by Sandra Millsopp
The speaker was Dr. John O’Keeffe, the principal Inspector of Historic Monuments in NIEA.

Cover of Sir Thomas Smith’s Forgotten English Colony of the Ards and North Down Sir Thomas Smith’s Forgotten English Colony of the Ards and North Down
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Mark Thompson has researched the Ards and produced a booklet on "Sir Thomas Smith’s Forgotten English Colony of the Ards and North Down in 1572".

Cover of The British Colonisation of County Down The British Colonisation of County Down
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Jonathan Bardon, the distinguished historian, began with the Normans led by John de Courcy who arrived in County Down in the late twelfth century.

Cover of Hats off to Magic Hats off to Magic
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Richard Parkinson spoke on the history of magic and referred to various Irish magicians of the past.

Cover of Bangor in the 1970s and 1980s Bangor in the 1970s and 1980s
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Author Terence Bowman regarded the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s as vital decades in Bangor’s history when great changes occurred in the town.

Cover of Bangor The and Now Bangor The and Now
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Adam Bell has over 800 postcards of the town and has compiled a book which shows many of these alongside the equivalent modern view.

Cover of The Hidden History of Belfast The Hidden History of Belfast
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Ruari O’Baoill from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University used reconstruction drawings from the book to illustrate various phases of the city’s history.

Cover of The Archaeology of North Down The Archaeology of North Down
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Archaeologist Leanne Briggs of the North Down Museum has been trying to track down artefacts from the local area.

Cover of The GIs in Ulster The GIs in Ulster
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Ronnie Hanna on the role of WWII American soldiers in Northern Ireland. This includes a film entitled "A Letter from Ulster".

Cover of Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Francis Jones on the archive which was set up in 2000 and contains about 60 hours of film.

Cover of Blue Plaques in Ulster Blue Plaques in Ulster
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Doreen Corcoran of the Ulster History Circle gave the background to the erection of blue plaques, focussing on those erected in the North Down area.

Cover of The Secret Listeners of Gilnahirk The Secret Listeners of Gilnahirk
Report by Sandra Millsopp
George Busby on the secret World War II listening station which was part of the Illicit Wireless Intercept Organization.

Cover of Belfast City Hall and its architecture Belfast City Hall and its architecture
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Dr Paul Larmour on the famous building which was opened by the Earl of Aberdeen in April 1906.

Cover of The Port of Belfast The Port of Belfast
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Alf McCreary has recently written a book entitled “Titanic Port”, a history of the port of Belfast.

Cover of The Walled Garden of Bangor Castle The Walled Garden of Bangor Castle
Report by Sandra Millsopp
The AGM was addressed by Ian Beaney, the grounds maintenance manager for North Down Borough Council.

Cover of The Manchester Family The Manchester Family
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Jason Diamond gave a talk about the Manchester family, one of whose Irish seats was Tandragee Castle.

Cover of Ulster Superstitions and Folklore Ulster Superstitions and Folklore
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Dr David Hume discussed various types of Ulster superstitions and explained how they may have arisen.

Cover of High Street in Belfast High Street in Belfast
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Norman Weatherall spoke on the subject of High Street which is the second oldest street in Belfast having originally called Front Street.

Cover of Irish Polar Explorers Irish Polar Explorers
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Noel Mitchel on the very considerable contribution which explorers from the island had made to knowledge of both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Cover of Books of Honour: World Wars I and II Books of Honour: World Wars I and II
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Barry Niblock is endeavouring to commemorate those who died in the World Wars and who had connections with the council areas of North Down and Ards.

Cover of The Lagan Legacy The Lagan Legacy
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Charlie Warmington is a journalist who has been helping for several years on a project called The Lagan Legacy which will tell the story of the Lagan and the industries that developed on her banks.

Cover of Bangor Castle Bangor Castle
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Ian Wilson of the North Down Museum talked about the castle which was constructed in 1852 by Robert Edward Ward.

Cover of Bangor and Back for a Bob Bangor and Back for a Bob
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Dr Steve Flanders gave an introduction to the history of the Belfast and County Down Railway

Cover of Belfast Before Belfast: The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Lagan Valley Belfast Before Belfast: The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Lagan Valley
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Sinead McCartan, Head of Collections Research and Interpretation at National Museums Northern Ireland explained that this talk arose from work carried out during the closure of the Ulster Museum.

Cover of Bangor in the Sixties Bangor in the Sixties
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Mourne Observer editor Terence Bowman was born and educated in Bangor but left the town in 1976. H ehas wriiten a book entitled “Bangor in the Sixties”.

Cover of The Inland Waterways of Ireland The Inland Waterways of Ireland
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Brian Cassells is involved with the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland which was founded sixty years ago.

Cover of The Roads of Ulster The Roads of Ulster
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Long-standing BHS member Jackson McCormick was a former Director of the Roads Service in Northern Ireland.

Cover of The Sharman Crawfords of Crawfordsburn The Sharman Crawfords of Crawfordsburn
Report by Sandra Millsopp
Peter Stark on the Sharman Crawford family. The Crawford family first came to Bangor in the early seventeenth century.

Cover of Farming Families in County Down 1930-1960 Farming Families in County Down 1930-1960
Report by Sandra Millsop
A large audience heard an excellent, well-illustrated talk on farming in Ulster during the period 1930-60 given by Dr Jonathan Bell. Dr Bell had worked at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum for 30 years.