News & Features
The Story of George McBride and Winifred Carney The Story of George McBride and Winifred Carney
Sandra Millsopp
George had served in the Battle of the Somme, while his wife, Winnie Carney had been the secretary of James Connolly in 1916.

Captain William Brown of Bangor and a Mystery of the Sea Captain William Brown of Bangor and a Mystery of the Sea
Ian Wilson
Prompted by the news in The Times of 30 August 2019, that the wreck of the paddle steamer Lelia has been found off North Wales and granted protected status on the advice of Historic England …

The Ward Family of North Down The Ward Family of North Down
Sandra Millsopp
Leanne Briggs of North Down Museum gave an illustrated talk on the families who lived in Bangor Castle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Forthcoming Events
The Belfast Blitz of 1941
Stephen Goss
North Down Museum
14 November, 8pm
The Belfast Blitz of 1941

Folklore Part 2
Laura Spence
North Down Museum
12 December, 8pm
Folklore Part 2

Sir John Newell Jordan: From Balloo to Beijing
Leanne Briggs
North Down Museum
9 January, 8pm
Sir John Newell Jordan: From Balloo to Beijing

The Early Days of TV in the UK
Ivor Edgar
North Down Museum
13 February, 8pm
The Early Days of TV in the UK

The Local Archaeology of County Down
Moira O'Rourke
North Down Museum
12 March, 8pm
The Local Archaeology of County Down

The Great Houses and Families of Belfast & County Down
Roger Dixon
North Down Museum
9 April, 7.30pm
The Great Houses and Families of Belfast & County Down

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
Seaside Revival Vintage Festival
Thanks to a donation from Bangor Historical Society, the Conversation Caravan was able to have a much needed make over, to allow it to be taken out at our Seaside Revival Vintage Festival on Saturday 6th July.