Craigavon is a planned settlement in north County Armagh in Northern Ireland, lying between the towns of Lurgan and Portadown. It encompasses the central civic and retail area, including the human-made Craigavon Lakes, and the residential area of Brownlow.

It was founded in 1965 under the Northern Ireland New Towns Act and, under the direction of the Craigavon Development Commission, was planned and built using modernist design principles which have given it its distinctive style that endures to this day.

‘Capturing Craigavon’ is a community-based project to explore and document the people’s history of the New Town of Craigavon, charting the events, stories and implications of its founding, from its conception in the 1960s, through the decline of the 1980s and 90s and on to the renewal of the 2000s up to the present day.

This project has been conceived by the community and developed with the support of Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon Borough Council (ABC Council). It involved local people in researching, documenting, archiving and developing new ways to share the story with the wider public.

Get Involved

Capturing Craigavon is highly participative. If you live in, work in, or have a connection to the Central Craigavon or Brownlow areas and are interested in history, research, storytelling, writing, photography, film-making, mapping, or events, there is a way for you to get involved in this project.


About Brownlow Festival Committee

Brownlow Festival Committee is the lead partner of ‘Capturing Craigavon’. The Brownlow Festival Committee is a community voluntary group with of improving community spirit across the Brownlow area working with local residents, voluntary and statutory bodies in the Borough to achieve these aims.


‘Capturing Craigavon’ is managed and delivered by PLACE, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the making of great places across Northern Ireland.

About SRC

Community research training and accreditation is being delivered by Southern Regional College. Southern Regional College is the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland outside of Belfast.


Heritage Lottery Fund

This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

ABC council

Officers from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Arts Development and Community Development Sections have worked with the group to develop the project, deliver pilot projects, secure funding and they also provide ongoing support to the project.