The Atkinson Bequest - Schools Competition

Kings Park Primary School

King's Park Primary School win competiton

Children from King's Park Primary School's primary 6 class were declared worthy winners of Craigavon Historical Society's schools history competition in 2010.

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

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."

History of the competiton

In the 1980s Craigavon Historical Society received a bequest from the Atkinson family - the Atkinsons had lived at Eden Villa, Portadown which later became the site of Craigavon Development Commission's offices on Bachelors Walk. The bequest was used to fund 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 was discontinued after a few years.

In 2014 the Society decided to put income from the bequest towards the costs of the annual public historical lecture held after our AGM each September - the lecture is now called the Atkinson Lecture.

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