Eastside Lives - Lives Revisited Through Heritage

About Eastside Lives

Eastside Lives – Lives Revisited Through Heritage, is a unique heritage programme inspired by the history of The Old Market House and developed by Kilcooley Women’s Centre.   

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, Eastside Lives will reach out to those who don’t usually engage in heritage, telling the untold stories of the past and bringing life to the bricks and mortar of The Old Market House.  

Through a specially curated programme of workshops, talks, walking tours, interactive sessions and more, Eastside Lives will include local arts and crafts, music, culture and more to bring the history of The Old Market House, and of Bangor, to life.  

The Old Market House today.

Help Us Tell The Story Of The Old Market House!


We are developing exciting plans to explore and share the history and heritage of The Old Market House and its place in the lives of the people of Bangor. Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund we want to hear your stories and memories of this historic building: 

Perhaps you banked or got your first mortgage here when it was the Northern Bank (1952-2019)?  

Do you or someone in your family remember when it was the old Town Hall (1933-c1950)? 

Maybe you have old family pictures of when it was Ward Infant School (1880-c1930)? 

Or do you have old photographs, drawings or home movies of the building or of Main Street?  

We would love you to share anything you might have with us; our aim is to gather everything we can  to be developed into an online gallery and other projects.  


For more information and to sign up to our mailing list please email: 


If you would like to talk to us about your story in person we will be running some in-person sessions, email as above to find out more.  

Opening the Old Market House in Bangor is not just about revitalising a historic landmark; it's about embracing our community's rich history and heritage. With the invaluable support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we're not only preserving the past but creating a vibrant future where stories come alive and memories are made.
Alison Blayney
CEO Kilcooley Womens Centre