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The theme for the next meeting of Randalstown Historical Society is Forebears Rediscovered – a Family History Night. Some of the committee members will be sharing information they have discovered on forgotten Randalstown families and members are also invited to bring along their own family history anecdotes, artefacts or photographs.

As the Society’s new Chairman, Dr Selbert Rainey observed, “it’s the stories that bring family history to life more than just a list of names and dates. It would be great if this evening could uncover some new information”. Tips and pointers for members wanting to undertake their own genealogical research will also be available.

This is the final meeting of the current season and it takes place on Thursday 7 April at 8.00pm in Arches House.

Plans are also in hand for the Society’s annual outing, taking place on Saturday 21 May. The destination will be the Lisburn area to visit the Ulster Aviation Society’s collection and Brookhall Historical Farm. Further information can be obtained from the Secretary, Linda Houston, on 944782874

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Old Bleach – ‘Distinct by Design’


The February meeting of Randalstown Historical Society will take place on Thursday 4th at 8.00pm in Arches House. The speaker is Catherine O’Hara, a lecturer in design history at Ulster University who is currently researching the Old Bleach and how it contributed to trends in fabric design in the 20th Century. Catherine has made several visits to Randalstown to examine the company archives and is very enthusiastic about Old Bleach designs from the inter-war years and the 1950s. Her talk should be of great interest to local people and anyone interested in Northern Ireland’s textile history and heritage.

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The new season approaches…

And the programme is now out. For our first meeting, on Thursday 3 September, Philip Magennis from Antrim and Newtownabbey Council will give a talk on the Massereene family of Antrim Castle. Come and join us in Arches Community Hall at 8.00pm.

For details of the rest of season’s activities see the programme page.

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February meeting

At this month’s meeting of Randalstown Historical Society we welcome John Killen, recently retired as Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, to talk about the history and the collections of this unique and historic institution.  The meeting takes place on Thursday 5th February and as usual starts at 8.00 p.m. Members new and old will be welcome.

Linen Hall logo

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Launch of 20th Anniversary Publication

Thursday 13 November 2014 saw the very successful launch of Randalstown Historical Society’s latest publication, Randalstown Snippets, marking the 20th anniversary since the Society was founded.

Bill Carson, our Chairperson, welcomed around 50 people to the event in ARCHES Community Hall and ARCHES Chair, George Graham, performed the launch, commenting on the long and close partnership between the Historical Society and ARCHES. He congratulated all those involved with the production of the new book and wished Randalstown Historical Society every success for the future.


Society members and guests enjoyed a light supper, took time to look at a display of old photographs of the town and past events run by the Society, and of course bought copies of the book.

Randalstown Snippets is now on sale in McManus Hardware, ARCHES House, Randalstown Pharmacies, Mace and the Kandy Shop, priced at a reasonable £7.Book CoverGeorge Graham launching Randalstown Snippets

George Graham launching Randalstown Snippets

Chairs of Randalstown Historical Society. From the front: Christine Doherty, Brian Mawhinney, Tommy Nicholl, John McCurdy, Vernon Smyth, Linda Houston, Grahame Seymour, Bill Carson

Chairs of Randalstown Historical Society. From the front: Christine Doherty, Brian Mawhinney, Tommy Nicholl, John McCurdy, Vernon Smyth, Linda Houston, Graham Seymour, Bill Carson

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Forthcoming Book Launch

Randalstown Historical Society will mark its 20th anniversary year with the publication of a new book, Randalstown Snippets, to be launched on Thursday 13 November in ARCHES Community Hall at 7.30 p.m. The book brings together a collection of stories about Randalstown and its people and includes photographs, newspaper extracts, maps and programmes from past events.

The book, priced at £7, will be on sale from various shops in the town or can be obtained from our treasurer, Jim Rankin.

All members and their friends are welcome to attend the launch.Book Cover

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The new programme is out!

The new season starts on Thursday 4 September 2015 with a talk by Robert Corbett on the building of Belfast City Hall. As usual we will be meeting at 8.00 p.m. in the Community Hall in ARCHES House and new members will be made welcome. Check out the Programme page for full details of what’s coming up during the rest of the season.

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