Tuesday 4 August 2015

PRONI lecture series explores the people of Co Down

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has announced details of a new lecture series: Up Down; Stories that make a county.

Between August and October, the lunchtime talks will bring new insights into the events and works that shaped the people of County Down, so they sound perfect for anyone with ancestors from the area.

Each talk will start at 1pm and will be presented at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast.

Although free to attend, you need to reserve your place by email to proni@dcalni.gov.uk or by telephone: (+44) 028 90 534800.

Further details are in the lecture series brochure. Click image (right) to download pdf.

Here's the line-up:

Wednesday 26 August
Pure water for a thirsty Belfast: the need for a reservoir in Silent Valley, with Philip Donald

Wednesday 2 September
Describing the Ards in 1683: the William Montgomery manuscript revisited, with Ian Montgomery

Wednesday 9 September
Building the Silent Valley Dam, 1923 to 1933: Setting the Record Straight, with Philip Donald

Wednesday 16 September

‘A favourite watering place’: the development of Bangor as a Victorian Seaside Resort, with Sandra Millsopp

Wednesday 23 September
Another time: photographs of the Stewart family, marquesses of Londonderry, with Lorraine Bourke

Wednesday 30 September
The rising of 1798 in County Down, with Allan Blackstock

Wednesday 7 October
Nendrum Mill, Strangford Lough (619 AD): the oldest excavated tidal mill in the world, with Tom McErlean

Wednesday 14 October
The Family Plot: Historic Graveyards of County Down, with William Roulston

Wednesday 21 October

‘The tune we played was the Protestant Boys’: songs and the battle of Dolly’s Brae, 1849, with John Moulden