The Atkinson Bequest - Schools Competition

King's Park Primary School win competiton

Children from King's Park Primary School's primary 6 class have been unveiled as the worthy winners of Craigavon Historical Society's schools history competition.

Organised by Craigavon Museum Services in partnership with Craigavon Historical Society, the competition attracted entries from a wide range of schools across the Borough.

The competition involved schools submitting historical based projects on any aspect of local history, showcasing how life has changed over the past 100 years. King's Park Primary School won for their innovative project and DVD detailing Lurgan Park and how it has changed throughout the years.

St Mary's Primary School, Derrytrasna worthy runners up

Second place was awarded to St Mary's Primary School, Derrytrasna for their project and artwork detailing local townlands.

When Elaine Hill, Curator of Craigavon Museum Service presented the award to the winners she stated "The quality of the submissions was excellent and I would like to thank all schools who took part. I am delighted to present this award to the winners and congratulate them on their fascinating project which provided a wonderful insight into Lurgan Park's vibrant history."

The competition will be running once again from September 2011. Local primary schools who would like to register their interest in the competition, please contact Elaine Hill at Craigavon Museum on (028) 3834 1635 or by email at

History of the competiton

A number of years ago Craigavon Historical Society received a bequest from the Atkinson Family who had lived at Eden Villa, Portadown. The bequest was used to support the running of a schools competition which ran successfully for many years with support from schools throughout the Craigavon Area and indeed the whole of County Armagh. Latterly the interest from the bequest was used to fund a bursary awarded annually to a pupil from a local secondary school who had shown particular ability in the study of history. This use of the bequest was felt to have only a limited impact on schools and, following a review by the Society in 2010, it was decided to relaunched the schools competition in 2010/11.

After this successful relaunch, it is hoped that even more primary schools will take part in the next competition. Details of how to enter will be available from September 2011.

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