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Wed 10am - 4pm
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Fri 10am - 4pm
Sat 10am - 4pm
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North Down Museum
Town Hall
The Castle
BT20 4BT


Let us tell you a story of days gone by … At North Down Museum we provide a range of talks related to our historical collections. 

These are available free of charge, though donations are always welcome. All talks are accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation unless stated otherwise.

Please let us know if there are any other subjects relating to the borough’s history which you would be interested in. To book a talk, contact us on: 

A full list of available talks can be found here:

The Archaeology of North Down

Find out more about our local archaeological sites and enjoy a hands-on look at what’s been unearthed in the area with a range of genuine artefacts available to view and handle.

The Bangor Bell

Discover the significance of this ninth century bell and find out all about the creation of the Bangor Bell sculpture located at the Abbey. This talk also includes some handling items.

North Down Museum

Explore the history of the museum, including its transition from a part-time facility in Bangor Castle to the full-time visitor attraction it is today, having expanded across the old stable block and laundry areas. You can also visit our museum collection to see first-hand how much this has grown over the years.

History of Bangor Abbey

Discover fascinating facts about the history of Bangor Abbey – from the ‘Valley of the Angels’ to the foundation of a monastery by St Comgall circa 558. This talk concludes in the 17th century.

Excavations at Bangor Abbey

Learn all about the archaeological evidence discovered at Bangor Abbey and its associated sites in the area.

Bangor Castle: 400 years of an estate

Delve into the history of the three castles which have stood on the current Bangor Castle site – from the original home of Sir James Hamilton, to the Bingham family who sold the estate in 1941.

Bangor Castle and the Bingham Family

Focusing on the castle which still stands today, this talk concentrates on the last family to live there and also takes a look at the achievements of the Hon Edward Barry Stewart Bingham VC OBE.

Sir James Hamilton and his Plantation of Bangor

Learn all about the opportune Scot who settled in this area and find out how he developed the landscape we know today, creating the towns and roads that make up its geography.

Victorian Bangor

See how the town was redeveloped into a resort, removing the mills from the seafront and creating pleasure grounds.

The Day We Went to Bangor: Bangor in the 1940s – 1960s

Take a nostalgic look back at Bangor in its hey-day as a seaside town – from the fun at Pickie Pool to the renowned dancehalls.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: From Bangor to Groomsport

This talk compares these two popular seaside resorts – the preferred tourist destinations in the days before package holidays.

The History of Bangor

Enjoy a brief overview of the town’s history, from the Bronze Age and the time of the monks, right through to the Vikings, Planters, Victorians and eventually, the holidaymakers!

Greetings from Bangor

Discover the changing face of Bangor through our beautiful vintage postcard collection.

History of Groomsport and Donaghadee

Find out more about the archaeology and history of Groomsport and Donaghadee.

Sir John Newell Jordan: From Bangor to Beijing

This talk takes a look at the life of local boy, Jordan, who rose through the British diplomatic service to become one of its longest-serving and much respected officials.

Neill's Teddies

Leanne Briggs from North Down Museum gives a short talk on the famous Neill's Teddies as part of BBC Art's #MuseumFromHome


Free guided tours of the museum are available for groups from Monday to Friday during opening hours. Tours must be booked in advance by contacting the museum on: 

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