Craigavon Historical Society

Preserving Community History

About the Society

CHS logo - cruck truss dwelling

Craigavon Historical Society was formed in 1967 with the objective of preserving community history as land between Lurgan and Portadown was being cleared for the development of the "New City" of Craigavon. Our interest isn't confined to the central area but extends to cover the entire former borough of Craigavon including the towns of Portadown and Lurgan and the rural areas served by these historic towns. Our logo shows a section through a cruck truss dwelling typical of houses once common in this area.

Review Vol.11 No. 1

Review Vol 11 No 1

We launched the latest edition of Review, the society's biennial journal, on 9th April 2019. Copies of this and previous Reviews are available to purchase from the usual outllets at £6 each. They may also be purchased by mail order for a small additional charge to cover postage costs.

Craigavon Museum Services

Sir Robert Hart
Sir Robert Hart

Craigavon Historical Society enjoys a close working relationship with Craigavon Museum Services and were delighted to cooperate with David Weir of Museum Services in the creation of a film about the remarkable Sir Robert Hart presented by the children of Hart Memorial School in Portadown. Click on link below to view the video in HD. If replay is slow try watching on YouTube

For more information about Craigavon Museum Services click on the link below:

What we do

Talks, outings, research and publications

The society's primary activity is our lecture series - meeting monthly lectures from September through to April. The society also organises two historically themed outings in May. Further details can be found in our programme.

We also encourage research into local history; in addition to our biennial journal, Review, we have published a number of booklets including historical town trails of Lurgan and Portadown.

Photographs from some of our outings


Craigavon Historical Society's biennial journal, Review.
Some of the covers of Review published during the last 35 years.

Review Vol. 11 No. 1 will be launched in April 2017. Its 64 pages contain many articles on the history of the Craigavon and surrounding areas including many illustrations in full colour. Please note that the contents of recent Reviews (those published in the last 10 years) may not appear on the web site for some years after date of publication.

To order your copy, please forward a your name, address and a cheque made payable to Craigavon Historical Society (see rates below) to the Honorary Secretary - Mr John Trimble, 103 Drumgor Park, Craigavon, BT65 4AH, Northern Ireland. Price, including postage and packing, is £7.50 to UK, £9.000 to Éire and £10.00 to USA and Canada.