Craigavon Historical Society

Preserving Community History


Our Programme

Craigavon Historical She society hosts a lecture series meeting monthly from September through to April with one or more historically themed outings in May. To view our programme for the current year (2019 / 2020) click on the button below:


About us

CHS logo - cruck truss dwelling
Section through a Cruck Truss dwelling

Craigavon Historical Society is a cross-community group 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. The society's 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 villages and rural areas surrounding them, each with their own rich history. Our logo shows a section through a cruck truss dwelling typical of houses once common in this area.

Craigavon Museum Services

Sir Robert Hart
Sir Robert Hart

Craigavon Historical Society recently cooperated with David Weir of Craigavon Museum Services and the children of Hart Memorial School in Portadown to produce a film about Sir Robert Hart. Click on link to view the video.

Research and publications

We encourage research into local history and are particlarly proud of our biennial journal, Review which includes articles by our members and friends. We have also published a number of booklets including historical town trails of Lurgan and Portadown.

Outings

We organise outings to not only to local sites of historical interest but also further afield helping to set our local history in the context of developments throughout Ireland.

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

Review Vol. 11 No. 1, launched in April 2019, has 64 pages containing many articles on the history of Lurgan, Portadown and the surrounding areas including 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.

Copies of this and previous Reviews are available to purchase from Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, JTR Jewellers, Castle Lane, Lurgan and Winnies Newsagent, Woodhouse Street, Portadown at £6 each. They may also be purchased by mail order for a small additional charge to cover postage costs.


To order Review(s) by post, please forward a your name, address and a cheque made payable to Craigavon Historical Society (see rates below) to:

Mr John Trimble - Honorary Secretary, 103 Drumgor Park, Craigavon, BT65 4AH, Northern Ireland.

Price, including postage and packing, is £7.50 to UK, £9.00 to Éire and £12.00 to USA and Canada.