Craigavon Historical Society is committed to preserving community history through the promotion and study of local history in the Craigavon area. It is accepted as a charity by HM Revenue & Customs - reference XT22811. An application for charitable status has recently been lodged with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
PLEASE NOTE. This web site was established primarily as a resource for those who share our interests and we hope it is helpful to anyone making a study of their family history. However, the Society is unable to assist with queries about genealogical research from individuals or groups. For some advice on sources for family history research click here.
About the Craigavon Historical Society
Craigavon Historical Society was formed in April 1967 at a meeting held in the Lurgan College of Technology. Development of the "new city" of Craigavon in North Armagh had just started with Brownlow, the first sector to be developed, sited between Lurgan and Portadown. Membership has grown steadily since then and we now have over 100 members drawn from all communities with interested supporters scattered round the world. From the outset, the Society realised that Craigavon's development would necessitate the demolition of many buildings and features which gave the area its unique character. A primary objective of the Society was therefore to help record buildings and features before they were lost forever. But the Society also celebrated the rich cultural heritage of the existing towns of Lurgan and Portadown and their hinterlands which all have long and colourful histories.
The Society is dedicated to the study of local history and the preservation of community history, particularly in the Craigavon area, and to recording aspects of our culture and built heritage which are under threat. It has recently republished "The Parish of Seagoe" written in the 1950s by Rev. Bernard J. Mooney and Padraic Keenan. Part I is entitled "Place names explained" and Part II "Some Historical Notes".
Archaeology, folk-life, music and placenames feature among our interests and "The Parish of Seagoe" is a fascinating and thoroughly researched book which gives a great introduction to the history of many of the placenames in what was later to become the Craigavon area.
In addition to lectures, historical outings and publications, the Society also supports local initiatives such as the formation of the agricultural exhibition at Ardress House, Craigavon Museum Services and the study of history in schools. Working closely with Craigavon Museum Services, we have for many years run an annual Schools Competition funded by the Atkinson Bequest.
The Society has published its biennial journal, Review, since 1969. Earlier editions of Review are the source of most of the historical material in our web site but the original journals contain additional information and illustrations.
The latest edition of Review, Vol.10 No.2, (pictured left) was launched April 2015; to view a list of contents of recent reviews click on links below:
If you are interested in purchasing copies of Review (most are available for the last 10 years), The Parish of Seagoe, or Montiaghisms, a fascinating collection of Ulster dialect words, also published by Craigavon Historical Society, then please write to the Honorary Secretary for details.
In addition to a varied lecture programme, the Society organises outings to buildings and places of architectural, historical or cultural interest and supports European Heritage Open Days when buildings large and small which are not normally accessible open their doors to the public.
The Society welcomes new members. We hold our AGM in mid September each year and details are published on our web site. This is immediately followed by Annual History Lecture which is open to the public. For the remainder of our lecture programme we meet at 7.45pm usually on the second Tuesday of each month from October to April in the Lakeview Suite of Craigavon Civic Centre, Lakeview Road, Craigavon (beside Rushmere Shopping Centre). Click on link at top of page to view this year's programme.
The fee for the annual course of eight lectures is £15 per person or £25 for two people from the same household. This fee also entitles members to attend our annual dinner and outings, of which we have two per year - an evening outing in early May to a place of historical interest close to Craigavon and an all-day Saturday outing by coach in May or June to places further afield. There is an additional charge for the annual dinner and outings to cover our costs. Friends of members are welcome at the dinner and outings.
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