The inaugural meeting of the Ballyclare & District Historical Society was held in Fairview Primary School on Thursday 27 November 1980. In the beginning the activities organized by the Society were mainly lectures, the first of which was given on Tuesday 24 March 1981 by Mr DB McNeill on ‘The Railway Systems in Ulster’. There was also a small exhibition on ‘The Old May Fair in Ballyclare’ set up in connection with Ballyclare Civic Week during May 1981 and one summer evening, members toured the derelict buildings in Park Street.
These events set the pattern for the future and since then many distinguished speakers have given lectures on a wide range of topics. We aim for variety in the aspects of history covered, the depth of treatment and in the format of presentation.
The Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Old Presbyterian Church on Ballyclare Main Street and details of the programme are posted on our Facebook page and on this website.
We hold a fine collection of archive material relating to Ballyclare & District that has been built up over many years. This includes film and video, sound tapes, photographs and newspaper cuttings. We are constantly enhancing this archive and appreciate the support we receive from the local community and organisations that share our passion for Ballyclare and its rich heritage.
For more information on the Society and our work, or to get involved in any of our activities, please contact us here.