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.

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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.

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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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Festival Exhibition

As part of Randalstown ARCHES Festival an exhibition on the history of the linen industry in Antrim, Muckamore and Randalstown is on display in ARCHES Community Hall from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 June. Come along and find out about how linen was produced and learn about the local companies involved in its production, including the Old Bleach.

The exhibition was assembled by members of Randalstown Historical Society and Antrim and District Historical Society with support from a range of organisations.

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March Meeting

On Thursday 6 March we look forward to welcoming Claire Morgan who will talk to us about the Northern Ireland Digital Film Archive and show us some examples of footage of the local area in bygone days. As usual, we meet in Arches Community Hall at 8.00 p.m. New members are always welcome.

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