News & Features
Sir Thomas Wilson: Pillar of Ulster Society - and Bootlegger! Sir Thomas Wilson: Pillar of Ulster Society - and Bootlegger!
Ian Wilson
Sir Thomas Wilson (1863-1930) was the first Mayor of Bangor after it was created a Borough in 1927, and the first Freeman of the Borough.

Titanic's Bangor connection Titanic's Bangor connection
Ian Wilson
Dr John Martin on the life and tragic death on the RMS Titanic of his great-uncle,the ship's assistant surgeon Dr John Simpson.

Lilian Bland, Pioneer Ulster Aviator Lilian Bland, Pioneer Ulster Aviator
Ian Wilson
Guy Warner's astonishing story of Lilian Bland, the first woman in the world to design, build and fly an aeroplane.

Folklore talk intrigues BHS Folklore talk intrigues BHS
Ian Wilson
The January meeting of Bangor Historical Society was treated to an intriguing talk on Irish folklore and superstitions by Laura Spence.

The Great Houses of Belfast The Great Houses of Belfast
Sandra Millsopp
Most of these houses belonged to business families, not aristocrats. They had park land around them rather than the large estates with agricultural land which would normally be found in England.

Autumn Outing 2018 Autumn Outing 2018
Sandra Millsopp
The 2018 autumn outing went to the Antrim area, visiting Pogue's Entry and Antrim Castle Gardens.

Visit to Pogue's Entry, Antrim Visit to Pogue's Entry, Antrim
Ellen Elder
Donated by author Dr Alexander Irvine in memory of his mother, the little Irish two room cottage enabled the town to celebrate his own life and times as well as that of his poverty stricken mixed marriage family.

Summer Outing 2018 Summer Outing 2018
Ellen Elder
The Summer 2018 Society outing was to the award winning 550 acre Blessingbourne Country Estate near Fivemiletown, in County Tyrone.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Photo Feature
2018 Autumn Outing
The autumn outing to Pogue's Entry in Antrim and Antrim Castle Gardens.
Forthcoming Events
The Ward Family of North Down
Leanne Briggs
North Down Museum
11 April 2019. 7.30pm
The Ward Family of North Down