Past programmes

Sept. 2001 to May 2020

* PWM Lecture refers to the Philip Wilson Memorial lecture, the Society's annual public lecture held in September each year. It was named after the late Philip Wilson who had been curator of Craigavon Museum Services until his untimely death.

In 2014 our annual public lecture was renamed the Atkinson Lecture - the lecture is now part funded by a generous bequest to the society by a member of the Atkinson family.

Major T J Akinson

Major T.J. Atkinson,
9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Killed in action near Hamel, France on 1st July 1916 while serving with the Ulster Division.

Date & Event Lecturer Title
24 Sept 19 AGM and Atkinson Lecture Ann Donnelly (8:00pm) The Annual Atkinson Lecture. Archive footage from the Northern Ireland Screen: Digital Film Archive ( This is a public lecture which is open to all
08 Oct 19 Lecture Simon Wells The design of greenways in Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council – incorporating and preserving historic and natural assets.
12 Nov 19 Lecture Charles Friel Irish Ambulance Trains in the Great War
10 Dec 19 Lecture Dr George Legg Geographies of Boredom & the New City of Craigavon
14 Jan 19 Lecture Alan Freeburn Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum and the Oral History Project
11 Feb 20 Lecture Mark Bailey Armagh Observatory: Societal Impacts and Long-term Climate Archive. Celebrating More than 225 Years of Scientific Research at Armagh
10 Mar 20 Lecture Brett Hannam (6:30pm) Talk and walking tour of Richhill. The speaker is author of 'Richhill: A Profile of an Ulster Village'. Meet in Friends Meeting House Hall in Irish Street.
07 Apr 20 Lecture (6:30pm) Clare Presbyterian Church. Talk and walking tour cancelled due to coronavirus.
May 2020 Saturday outing cancelled due to coronavirus
25 Sept 18 AGM and Atkinson Lecture Cormac McSparran The Great Fort of Aghagallon, its location and extent. How old is it and how diverse is its history?
09 Oct 18 Lecture Greer Ramsey Archaeological treasures from County Armagh
13 Nov 18 Lecture Jim Conway The McAlinden brothers WW1: four went one returned
11 Dec 18 Lecture Armagh Rhymers Mummers, Rhymers, Strawmen, Guisers, Galoshians, Wrenboys or fools. The house visiting tradition of Armagh
08 Jan 19 Lecture Dr FX McCorry 'The Book of Armagh' and 'Egyptian Hieroglyphics near Crumlin, Co. Antrim'
05 Feb 19 Annual Dinner in Brownlow House with musical entertainment by pupils from Lismore Comprehensive School
12 Feb 19 Lecture Dr. Liam Campbell Turf cutting
12 Mar 19 Lecture Sebastian Graham Mills in the Craigavon area
09 Apr 19 Members' Night David Weir film on Sir Robert Hart and distribution of Review Vol. 11 No. 1
07 May 19 Evening Outing Lissan House, Cookstown - seat of the Staples Baronets of Lissan and Faughanvale from 1628
18 May 19 Saturday Outing Cavan County Museum exhibition: ‘Road to War; Path to Reflection’, Cloughoughter Castle and Saint Fethlimidh's Cathedral, Kilmore and its 12th century Romanesque doorway.
26 Sept 17 AGM & Atkinson Lecture The Rt Hon Lord Justice Deeny That Myriad Minded Man; George 'AE' Russell, the Polymath from Lurgan.
10 Oct 17 Lecture Bracken Anderson History of the North Irish Horse
14 Nov 17 Lecture Jim Conway The Characters and History of Shankill Graveyard
12 Dec 17 Lecture Alistair McCann 'Target Armagh': Northern Ireland's Cold War Legacy
10 Jan 18 Lecture Plunkett Campbell The Life and Times of Rev. W B Yeats, Tullylish
06 Feb 18 Dinner Annual Dinner
13 Feb 18 Lecture Dr Emma Reisz (QUB) Sir Robert Hart, the small significant Irishman
13 Mar 18 Lecture Dr Naomi McAreavey Portadown and the 1641 Rebellion.
10 Apr 18 Members' Night Sean Barden The resources of Armagh County Museum
08 May 18 Evening Outing Monie Hill Burial Ground and Friends Meeting House, Richhill
20 May 18 Saturday Outing North Antrim Coast historic sites including Ben Varden, Bonamargy Friary and the "lost town" of Dunluce
27 Sept 16 AGM & Atkinson Lecture Alister McReynolds My 18th Century Irish genealogy in prose and poetry
11 Oct 16 Lecture Dr. Brian Turner Ulster surnames (note: this is a change from the original planned lecture)
08 Nov 16 Lecture Richard Warner The Scarva Danes Cast, the Black Pigs Dyke and the boundaries of ancient Ulster
13 Dec 16 Lecture David Weir Craigavon: A history in 30 objects
10 Jan 17 Lecture William Beattie Caledon
07 Feb 17 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
14 Feb 17 Lecture Primrose Wilson The Follies Trust
14 Mar 17 Lecture Roger Dixon Portadown and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
04 Apr 17 Members' Night Various members Early recollections of Craigavon Historical Society
09 May 17 Outing Evening outing - 50th Anniversary Event at Brownlow House
20 May 17 Outing Saturday outing to Tullynally Castle, Pakenhamhall, Castlepollard
29 Sept 15 AGM & Atkinson Lecture Dr Olwen Purdue (QUB) Medicine in the Ulster workhouse
13 Oct 15 Lecture Fred Cooper (& Charles Friel) "The Derry Road"
10 Nov 15 Lecture Richard Parkinson Memories of World War II
08 Dec 15 Lecture Dr William Roulston (Ulster Historical Foundation) The Hamiltons of Baron's Court
12 Jan 16 Lecture Richard Edgar Not forgotten: Lurgan and the Great War
02 Feb 16 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
09 Feb 16 Lecture Des Quail Aspects of the history of Banbridge and District - seen through the medium of postcards.
08 Mar 16 Lecture Dr FX McCorry Understanding marriage rites and patterns: 1650 - 1830
12 Apr 16 Members' Night Dr Ian Hunter American family connections
10 May 16 Outing Evening outing to Ulster Aviation Collection
21 May 16 Outing Saturday outing to Crom Castle, tour of Enniskillen and Devenish Island Monastic Site on MV Kestrel and visit to Headhunters Railway Museum in Enniskillen
16 Sept 14 AGM & Atkinson Lecture Dr Greer Ramsey Bronze age gold jewellery: the tale of a twisted torc
14 Oct 14 Lecture Pat Close Eels on Lough Neagh
11 Nov 14 Lecture Robert Wallace The 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (in association with Craigavon Museum Services)
09 Dec 14 Lecture Roger Dixon MBE The Donegall family and other great landowners of Lough Neagh
13 Jan 15 Lecture Damian Woods The Armagh Railway Disaster
03 Feb 15 Dinner Annual Dinner
10 Feb 15 Lecture Linda Fullerton The Lurgan Jewish Community 1890-1955
10 Mar 15 Lecture Roddy Hegarty St. Patrick and the early church in Armagh
14 Apr 15 Members' Night Lecture Mervyn Gilmour Growing up in the Birches 75 years ago
05 May 15 Outing Evening outing to the Ballance House, Glenavy, restored birthplace of John Ballance Prime Minister of New Zealand 1891-1893
16 May 15 Outing Saturday outing to Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal's Castle followed by Greenore and Carlingford
17 Sept 13 AGM & PWM Lecture Éamon Phoenix A decade of Centenaries
08 Oct 13 Lecture Michael McKeown A History of Newry
12 Nov 13 Lecture Ernest McCall Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary
10 Dec 13 Lecture Mrs Brenda Collins The Rawdon and Conway families
14 Jan 14 Lecture Plunkett Campbell Gilford Mill
04 Feb 14 Dinner Annual Dinner
11 Feb 14 Lecture Douglas Mowbray McCaw Allan
11 Mar 14 Lecture Dr Mary Goss Dr James Deeny (1906-1994): his distinguished medical career and the particular significance of the Lurgan years
08 Apr 14 Members' Night Lecture
06 May 14 Outing Evening outing to Armagh Public Library and Registry
17 May 14 Outing - Saturday outing: Lagan Shipbuilding Heritage
18 Sept 12 AGM & PWM Lecture Mr Ken Neill Archaeology of Co. Armagh
09 Oct 12 Lecture Dr Olwen Purdue Local Workhouses
13 Nov 12 Lecture Mr Brian Cassells The History of Bellville Church at Bellville Church, Derrytrasna.
11 Dec 12 Lecture Mr Brett Hannam The de Salises; Absentee Landlords of an Armagh Parish
08 Jan 13 Lecture Mr Roddy Hegarty The roads of County Armagh
05 Feb 13 Dinner Annual Dinner
12 Feb 13 Lecture Dr Ian Malcolm Towards Inclusion; Protestants and the Irish Language
12 Mar 13 Lecture Mr George Busby My Experience of Family History Research
09 Apr 13 Members' Night Lecture Mr Arthur Chapman Emigration of Lurgan Quaker Families to North America
07 May 13 Outing Saturday outing to Castlecaulfield and Donaghmore
25 May 13 Outing Saturday outing to Bective Abbey, St Mary's Abbey and the 12th century Anglo-Norman Castle at Trim. The round tower, high crosses and Columba's House at Kells
20 Sept 11 AGM & PWM Lecture Dr. Brian Turner Townlands
11 Oct 11 Lecture Brendan McAnallen The Blackwater Valley
08 Nov 11 Lecture Richard Edgar World War I (title to be confirmed)
13 Dec 11 Lecture Roddy Hegarty Christmas Goose
10 Jan 12 Lecture Cardwell McClure Portadown Foundry
07 Feb 12 Dinner Annual Dinner
14 Feb 12 Lecture Ken McElroy The little blue flower (flax and linen)
13 Mar 12 Lecture George Busby The Secret Listeners of Gilnahirk
17 Apr 12 Members' Night table Quiz
03 May 12 Evening Outing Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library & Archive, Armagh
21 May 12 Saturday Outing By coach and boat to Ballyronan, Portglenone, Cranfield old church and Dr Alexander Irvine's cottage in Pogue's Entry in Antrim
21 Sep 10 AGM & PWM Lecture Michael Costello The Gordons of Stoneyford, Co. Antrim - Violin Makers
05 Oct 10 Lecture Anthea McWilliams Sir Richard Wallace and Lisburn
09 Nov 10 Lecture John McKeown Restoring the Royal Canal
07Dec 10 Lecture Ken McElroy The little blue flower (flax and linen): lecture cancelled due to snow
11 Jan 11 Lecture Charles Friel Rails around Craigavon
01 Feb 11 Dinner Annual Dinner
08 Feb 11 Lecture Rev Alex Cheevers The Ulster Divisions in WW1 and Remembrance
08 Mar 11 Lecture Rev Shaun Cleland Land of Saints and Scholars
12 Apr 11 Lecture Margaret Livingston The Brontes
03 May 11 Outing Evening outing to the Bann Valley Heritage Centre
21 May 11 Outing Saturday outing to Dundalk Museum, Monasterboice, Mellifont and the Boyne Valley
22 Sept 09 AGM & PWM Lecture Prof. Raymond Gillespie The Plantation of Ulster
13 Oct 09 Lecture Andrew McClelland Historic buildings in the Craigavon area
10 Nov 09 Lecture Dr Cormac Bourke The Blackwater Finds
08 Dec 09 Lecture Rosemary Mulholland Bessbrook - a Social Experiment
12 Jan 10 Lecture Edward and Primrose Wilson Napoleonic War Veterans in Ireland
02 Feb 10 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
09 Feb 10 Lecture Dr Neil McGleenon Building of Gosford Castle
09 Mar 10 Lecture Olwen Purdue Landlords and Tenants in Ulster
13 Apr 10 Lecture Dr FX McCorry The Growth of Economic and Social Complexities in Lurgan, 1750-1850
04 May 10 Outing Evening oouting to Gosford Castle, Mullabrack Church and Kilcluney 'Abbey'
22 May 10 Outing Saturday outing to Gracehill and the North Antrim Coast
23 Sept 08 AGM & PWM Lecture Richard Doherty Field Marshall Sir John Dill
14 Oct 08 Lecture May Blair Hiring fairs and Market Places
11 Nov 08 Lecture Charles Gardiner Lurgan Clockmakers
09 Dec 08 Lecture David Armstrong Old Times in Portadown
13 Jan 09 Lecture Dr Robert Logan The history of Gilford
03 Feb 09 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
10 Feb 09 Lecture Pat Reilly Kilmore
10 Mar 09 Lecture Sean Madden Conservation of Books and Paintings
21 Apr 09 Lecture Members' Night Launch of Review 2009
05 May 09 Evening Outing Dungannon
30 May 09 Outing Saturday outing to Downpatrick
18 Sept 07 AGM & PWM Lecture Derek Bingham CS Lewis
09 Oct 07 Lecture Sean Patterson From the Basin to the Bar
13 Nov 07 Lecture Dr John Wright and Harry Eakin Irish Wade
11 Dec 07 Lecture Pat John Rafferty The Flight of the Earls
08 Jan 08 Lecture Danny Donnelly Water Mills of the Sperrins
05 Feb 08 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
12 Feb 08 Lecture Gerry Oates Townland names
11 Mar 08 Lecture Clive Scouler Lady Gregory
08 Apr 08 Lecture Brian Cassells Wandering Irish Waterways
06 May 08 Outing Evening Outing - ???
07 Jun 08 Outing Saturday Outing - ???
19 Sept 06 AGM & PWM Lecture Canon Fleming Tartaraghan Precinct
10 Oct 06 Lecture Anthony Russell John Mitchell, his wife Jenny and his association with the Verners.
14 Nov 06 Lecture Griffith Wylie The Moody Family of Poyntzpass - A Service History
12 Dec 06 Lecture Mike Baillie Tree-Rings and Plagues: what is the connection?
9 Jan 07 Lecture Richard Warner Ancient Irish Silver and Modern Technology
06 Feb 07 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
13 Feb 07 Lecture Andrew Kelly & Peter McNeill Kilmore
13 Mar 07 Lecture Elaine Hill Mapping our Locality
03 Apr 07 Members' Night Lecture by Society Members
01 May 07 Evening Outing Poyntzpass and the Newry Canal
02 Jun07 Outing Saturday outing to Carrickfergus Castle, Museum and Gas Works Museum
12 Sept 05 AGM & PWM Lecture Mr Anthony Shillington The Shillingtons of Portadown
10 Oct 05 Lecture Dr Eoin Magennis The Rise and Fall of the Magennis Lordship
31 Oct 05 Lecture Miss Mary McVeigh Lurgan and Portadown - 100 years ago
28 Nov 05 Lecture Clive Scoular The Life and Times of Paul, Cardinal Cullen (1803-1878)
9 Jan 06 Lecture Ross Chapman In Stable. Byre and Sty
07 Feb 06 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
13 Feb 06 Lecture Gabriel Mallon Stories from Armagh Gaol.
13 Mar 06 Lecture Sean Bardon Tullyelmer: a townland through time.
10 Apr 06 Lecture Members' Night lecture by Society Members
02 May 06 Outing Evening outing to Loughgall
03 Jun 06 Outing Saturday outing to Drumantine, Drumbanagher, Newry and Mourne Park
28 Sept 04 AGM & PWM Lecture Mr Trevor Parkhill Conflict
12 Oct 04 Lecture Clive Scoular Women in Irish History
09 Nov 04 Lecture Ellis Foy Peaceful Wartime - the Women's Land Army
11 Dec 04 Lecture Arthur Daly Battle of Benburb
11 Jan 05 Lecture Miss Mary McVeigh Lurgan and Portadown - 100 years ago
01 Feb 05 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
08 Feb 05 Lecture Dr Eoin McGuinness The Rise and Fall of the Magennis Lordship
08 Mar 05 Lecture Jason Diamond Linen Families of the Bann Valley
20 Apr 05 Members' Night Lecture by Society Members
10 May 05 Outing Evening outing to Richhill castle and churches
28 May 05 Outing Saturday outing to the Bishop's Palace, Downhill and Martello Tower at Magilligan
30 Sept 03 AGM & PWM Lecture Mr David Riley The Foundation and Development of Craigavon
14 Oct 03 Lecture Dr Audrey McKeown History of Portadown Technical College
11 Nov 03 Lecture F X McCorry Parish Registers, Hidden Treasures
02 Dec 03 Lecture Aideen D'Arcy Books and Libraries in Ireland from early times
13 Jan 04 Lecture Crónán Ó Doibhlin The Gaelic Scribe - Pádraig Ó Pronntaigh - a Bronte connection?
03 Feb 04 Dinner Annual Dinner with entertainment featuring Maurice Leydon
10 Feb 04 Lecture Mrs Amanda Moreno Royal Irish Fusiliers
09 Mar 04 Lecture Ian Wilson E.V.Boulger, first headmaster of Lurgan College
20 Apr 04 Lecture Members' night lecture by Society Members - A Miscellany of Memories
24 Sept 02 AGM & PWM Lecture Dr Patrick Fitzgerald Migration Studies and the Craigavon Area
8 Oct 02 Lecture Kieran Clendinning The Brownlow Family of Lurgan
12 Nov 02 Lecture Roger Weatherup OBE The Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh
10 Dec 02 Lecture Dr Robbie Meredith The Linenhall Library
14 Jan 03 Lecture Stephen Cameron The Princess Victoria
04 Feb 03 Dinner Annual Dinner and entertainment
11 Feb 03 Lecture Dr Greer Ramsey High Crosses and Mediterranean Musicians
11 Mar 03 Lecture Mrs Muriel Sherlock Diaries of William Lofty, Land Agent of the Duke of Manchester
08 Apr 03 Members' Night Brian Cassells The Ulster Canal
25 Sept 01 AGM & PWM* Lecture Ruth Delany Ireland's Inland Waterways.
09 Oct 01 Lecture F X McCorry Ecclesiatical chuch sites including Seagoe, Shankill and old Camlin
13 Nov 01 Lecture Bill Kennedy 18th Century Ulster-Scots Emigration to the United States
11 Dec 01 Lecture Elgin Cameron Conservation of books and works of art
08 Jan 02 Lecture Marcus Patton Ulster Vernacular Architecture
12 Feb 02 Lecture Brian Courtney (Portadown Times) The Boer War - a family history
12 Mar 02 Lecture Stephen Cameron Titanic and the Ulster Connection
09 Apr 02 Members' Night Primrose Wilson Historic Buildings - Antiques to be treasured or millstones?

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