Lisburn Historical Society Talks Programme 2017/2018

Lisburn Historical Society was founded in 1967 for charitable purposes, in particular to promote the advancement of education by the study of local history in the Lisburn area. The Society is a voluntary organisation, and meetings are held in Lisburn Museum at 19.30 on the first Wednesday of each month from September to May, with a programme of speakers on a range of topics covering both local and wider historical interest.

Upcoming talks include:

6th September 2017
“Henry Munro and the United Irishmen”
History author and descendent of Henry Munro, John Bradbury, will give an account of Munro’s involvement in this movement. He will give an  overview of the movement, describing the situation in Belfast and Lisburn at the time.

4th October 2017
“Celebrated Citizens from In and Around Belfast”
Historian Stephen Goss will talk about individuals who were either distinguished or famous in their time, but are now largely forgotten.

1st November 2017
“Flowers at the Frontline – in the Second World War”
Frances Green talks of the welfare provision – and flowers! – arranged by her mother with the Red Cross St.John Ambulance, at home and overseas.

6th December 2017
“The Golden Age of the Music Hall, 1880-1928”.
Local historian and author, Norman Weatherall, will place special emphasis on Belfast in this talk which includes original recordings of artistes.

3rd January 2018
“Ballymacarrett – A Local History Talk “.
Prolific author and charity fund-raiser, Aiden Campbell BEM, will take a walk down memory lane, looking at people, churches, industry and shops in his talk which is illustrated with old photographs from the past.

7th February 2018
“The Ladies, Letters and Life of Brigadier Nelson Russell”.
Keith Haines, a former history teacher and Archivist at Campbell College, will recall the teenage years, the military service and career, and the post-Army years of Nelson Russell (1897-1971), who is closely linked with Lisburn.

7th March 2018
“Clifton House”
Louise Canavan, archivist for the Belfast Charitable Society, will outline the history of the building established in 1774 as the Original Poor House.

4th April 2018
Annual General Meeting
Followed by “C.S. Lewis and World War 1”.
This talk outlines the story of the impact of WW1 on the life of C S Lewis and his wartime friend EFC Moore. It is presented by Sandy Smith, formerly a lecturer at the University of Ulster, Schools Inspector and latterly Director General of the International Fund for Ireland. Sandy is the author of “C.S. Lewis and the Island of his Birth”.

2nd May. Annual Dinner 2018
7.30 pm. Venue to be announced.
A printed programme card will be issued at the September meeting.