Preserving Community History

NOTE that our next lecture, ‘Archaic Stone Heads: enigmatic sculpture from Ireland' by Bronagh Murray of the Historic Environment Division will be held in the Jethro Centre, Lurgan at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 08 May 2024 and not 01 May as originally programmed.

A recording of our January 2024 Zoom talk ‘The World Administered by Irishmen: Sir Robert Hart and Contemporary Irish in Asia’ given by historian Robin Masefield can be viewed by clicking on this link.

Robin Masefield is the author of several books including:

  • “Twixt Bay & Burn: A History of Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn” (a volume on local history)
  • “The World Administered by Irishmen: The Life and Times of Robert Hart and Contemporary Irish in East Asia” (published in 2023)
  • Other works related to the Holywood-to-Bangor railway line and Helen’s Bay
CHS logo - cruck truss dwelling
Cross section through a local Cruck Truss dwelling, the logo of Craigavon Historical Society
Sir Robert Hart
Sir Robert Hart

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

Lurgan Stories: Digging Deeper into Kilmocholmóg
Dig Video

Watch as evidence of an early medieval site is revealed during a community archaeological excavation of a site known as Kilmocholmóg (meaning ‘Church of my little Colman’), located just off the Kilmore Road, Lurgan. Click to view video of 2022 dig

About us

We are a cross-community group formed in 1967 with the objective of preserving community history as land between Lurgan and Portadown was being cleared to develop the "New City" of Craigavon.

Our interests cover the 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. Click here to view the interior of Cruck House at the Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra.

Research and publications

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


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

Photographs from Craigavon Historical Society outings

REVIEW - journal of Craigavon Historical Society.
Some of the covers of Review published during the last 35 years.

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.

Review Vol 11 No 1
Review Vol. 11 No 1

Reviews can be purchased from JTR Jewellers, Castle Lane, Lurgan 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 email us at for further informatiom. Price, including postage, is £8.00 to UK, £9.00 to Éire and £12.00 to USA and Canada.