Preserving Community History

Our Programme

Craigavon Historical Society normally hosts a lecture series meeting monthly from September through to April with one or more historically themed outings in May. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic we had to suspend our physical meetings from March 2020 although we have held a number of virtual meetings using Zoom since that date. We look forward to meeting in person again with our AGM and launch of our historical journal, Review, on Tuesday, 27 September 2022. If you haven't previously been a member email us your details to and we will send you our programme once it has been finalised.

To view our 2019 / 2020 programme click on the button below:

About us

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

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 aren't confined to the central area but 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.

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.


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 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.