News and Events

Review 2019 planned

Our editors, Rosalind Hadden and John Trimble, are seeking submissions for the next edition of Review, our biennial journal, due to be published in the spring of 2019. The editors are grateful for all the submissions received and encourage members to consider possible contributions to this and to future Reviews. Articles for our next Review should be submitted by end of December 2018 but please advise the editors if you plan to submit anything. The editors reserve the right to edit or shorten any submission accepted for publication.

Copies of most of the Reviews published in the last 20 years are still available to purchase. Email us at for details.

Society awarded Charitable Status by HMRC and CCNI

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) accepted Craigavon Historical Society as a charity for tax purposes with effect from 21 September 2010. On 18 November 2014 the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland confirmed that our application for charitable status was successful - our Northern Ireland charity number is NIC100483.

Charitable status permits us to make use of Gift Aid on subscriptions. It also gives us access to lower cost banking. These benefits have helped us to keep our subscription rates to a minimum in recent years. Any members who are tax payers and have not yet signed a Gift Aid agreement are encouraged to do so.

Society Outings

Members enjoyed two very successful outings in 2018 - our evening outing in early May was to Monie Hill Burial Ground and Friends Meeting House, Richhill. On Saturday 20 May 2018 our outing was to North Antrim Coast historic sites including Ben Varden, Bonamargy Friary and the "lost town" of Dunluce.

Sir Robert Hart Projects

We were thrilled to receive funding for two projects involving The Hart Memorial School in their quest to find out more about Portadown born Sir Robert Hart, 1st Baronet GCMG (20 February 1835 to 20 September 1911).

Hart (pictured right) was a British diplomat and official in the Qing Chinese government, serving as the second Inspector-General of China's Imperial Maritime Custom Service (IMCS) from 1863 to 1911. Beginning as a student interpreter in the consular service, he arrived in China at the age of 19 and resided there for 54 years, except for two short leaves in 1866 and 1874.

Hart has been credited as the most important and most influential Westerner in Qing dynasty China.

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