Through the Lockdown: contributed articles of local and regional interest
HMT Lancastria (and other connections)
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!
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
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
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
Betty Armstrong looks at the history of boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme.
Captain STS Lecky, Master Mariner, Commander RNR, FRAS, FRGS
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
John Betjeman once said "Childhood is measured out by sounds, smells and sights before the dark age of reason grows" .
The unlikely event
A remarkable chain of coincidences.
The random thoughts of a walker.
75th Anniversary of VE Day (8 May 2020)
Remembrance Day Reminiscences
As the 75th anniversary of VE Day approaches, I thought I would tell you about attending Remembrance Day services in two very different places.
Certain wartime habits are in my genes, like saving bits of string and brown paper bags, and thinking that half an ounce of butter is much too extravagant to put on two slices of toast.
Books on Local History
Bangor Bay and Harbour: A Pictorial History
Ian Wilson & Andrew Jaggers
Neills of Bangor
Ian Wilson & Andrew Jaggers
News & Features
The Early Days of TV in the UK
A night of nostalgia at Bangor Historical Society as Ivor Edgar spoke about the early days of television.
Sir John Newell Jordan: From Balloo to Beijing
The life of Sir John Newell Jordan and the new display of his collection in the North Down Museum.
Bangor Football Club
Peter Vanucci on the history of the local football club, formed on 7 September 1918.
Bangor's cotton mills; the Chambers Motor Company
Dr Sandra Millsopp on Bangor's cotton mills and Adrianne Brown on the Chambers Motor Company (1904-1929).
The Story of George McBride and Winifred Carney
George had served in the Battle of the Somme, while his wife, Winnie Carney had been the secretary of James Connolly in 1916.
The Ward Family of North Down
Leanne Briggs of North Down Museum gave an illustrated talk on the families who lived in Bangor Castle.
Titanic's Bangor connection
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
Guy Warner's astonishing story of Lilian Bland, the first woman in the world to design, build and fly an aeroplane.