Lisburn Historical Society was founded in 1967 for charitable purposes, in particular to promote the advancement of education by the study of local history in the Lisburn area. The Society is a voluntary organisation having officers elected each year at the AGM. The official posts are Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Outings Secretary and Committee. Membership numbers are currently around 70.
Society meetings are held in Lisburn Museum at 19.30 on the first Wednesday of each month from September to May, with a programme of speakers on a range of topics covering both local and wider historical interest.
Prior to the establishment of Lisburn Museum, the Society collected artefacts of relevance to the district and this collection was subsequently transferred to the Museum. Each year Society members have the opportunity to participate in day and weekend trips to sites of historical interest throughout Ireland and Great Britain.
Members may invite guests to attend the monthly lectures and the outings. An occasional journal, Lisburn Historical Society Journal was first published in 1978 and the most recent issue is Volume 10. A number of other publications have appeared including F. Kee Lisburn Miscellany (2003) and J. Best The Huguenots of Lisburn (1997).