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E-NEWSLETTER, March 2018

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the Department of History’s Regional Heritage Centre. You are welcome to forward a link to this newsletter to any groups or individuals you think will be interested in our activities. If you have received this as a forwarded message please join our mailing list so that we can send you future newsletters directly.

In this edition:
·         Last call for bookings for Cymry in the North 28 April 2018
·         More information about the May 2018 launch of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive Online
·         Announcement of Creative Writing activities relating to the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive from our creative partner organisation, Mirador
·         External events and announcements

Welcome to the March 2018 newsletter, with news of a near-sold out RHC Study Day in April, more information on the May 2018 launch event for the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive Online, and news from our partner organisation, Mirador.

Last call for Bookings for April Study Day

Our 28 April Director’s Event, ‘Cymry in the North: the North Britons from the sixth century to the tenth’ is virtually sold out. This is being held in conjunction with CWAAS and the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, so we expected heavy demand, but there are just a few places left. Speakers include RHC Director Fiona Edmonds, Adam Parsons of Oxford Archaeology North and Dr Christopher Bowles of the Scottish Borders Council. To accommodate our partners’ members, this event will be held at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle (Fusehill campus). An optional soup and sandwich lunch can be booked for an additional fee. But don’t delay - book now or you may miss out.
Full Details  Click here to book through the Online Store

Oral History in the North West. A special conference to launch the website of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive

The Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive is a unique resource, through which we can hear the voices of people born at the end of the nineteenth century sharing their perspectives on the timeless themes of birth, love, marriage, health, work, family and death.  Preserving this important research for the future, and digitising the transcripts to offer much broader access, has been a priority for the Centre over the past three years.
In November 2014 the Sir John Fisher Foundation offered a challenge grant of £22,500 towards the cost of retyping the fragile transcripts, digitising the collection to make it available on-line, and promoting the archive within the communities in which the original recordings were made. In March 2016 we were able to announce that we had achieved our funding goal, thanks to the support of a range of institutional and individual funders; we will be unveiling a searchable website hosting the transcripts at this event. We will also hear from artists who have been inspired to create new work as part of the project 'Walking In Others Footsteps' curated by Mirador, a charity inspired by the hidden heritage of the North West, and there will be input from a range of other oral history projects in the region.
Our final event for this academic year will be held on Saturday 19 May 2018, when we’ll be holding an Oral History conference to mark the launch of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive online. Details are still being confirmed, but this special conference will include a screening of a new documentary film exploring how artists have been inspired by ERWCOHA, news of other oral history projects in the region and of course, Elizabeth Roberts herself will be joining us on the day. Please save the date and watch our website – we are currently putting the finishing touches to the running order, and bookings will open shortly.

And speaking of Mirador…
Their project ‘Walking in Other People’s Footsteps’ includes some wonderful opportunities to participate in creative writing workshops. To find out more about their range of upcoming workshops and activities, Click Here


Eric Robson Event Called Off

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our partner organisation the Cumbria County Historical Trust has had to call off the planned evening with adventurer and broadcaster Eric Robson at the Rheged centre. We regret any inconvenience to RHC supporters who read about the event in our earlier newsletters and tried to book tickets.


Delicious History

Those lucky enough to attend last year’s All in Good Taste event  (held in October 2017) will remember speaker Tess Baxter and her amazing range of historical parkin. You’ll be pleased to know that Tess has very generously shared her recipes for everyone to enjoy. If you want to try your hand at recreating a delicious bit of food history, just Click Here


External Events and Announcements

Please note that the RHC cannot provide further information on these events and announcements, nor be held responsible for any inaccuracies in what is posted below. If you have queries or wish to book for any event listed here please contact the organiser/venue/promoter directly.

Hoghton Tower is holding its second annual Opera Dinner on Friday 16 March from 6.30-10.30 pm. This black-tie event is a benefit for the restoration of the windows in Hoghton Tower’s Banqueting Hall. For more information, visit their website or Click Here

Historic England, the University of Salford, ALGAO and CBA NW are holding the final workshop for the North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment on Saturday 17 March 2018. This free workshop will focus on the incorporation of community groups into the framework, allowing community groups to help generate a user-friendly framework for all involved in archaeology.

To book on to this event, please visit

The Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society continues its Winter Programme 2018.
Thursday 22 March 2018 – Dr Colin Penny (Lancaster Castle) ‘Convict Transportation to Australia’
26 April 2018 AGM followed by Peter Iles (Lancashire County Archaeological Advisory Service) ‘Archaeology and Bailrigg "Garden Village": some potential sites and issues'
Venue: St Paul’s Hala Centre, Hala Square, Scotforth, Lancaster (beside Beck View - 400 yards east of the A6 from the Boot and Shoe) Parking is available. Meet at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Visitors welcome at £3.00 per lecture.

Lancashire Archives will be hosting a workshop Saturday 24 March to mark the 250th anniversary of textile magnate John Horrocks. This event will run from 1030 to 1500 at Bow Lane, Preston, PR 1 2RE. Tickets cost £5 and must be booked in advance. To make an enquiry, please email

The Lancashire Infantry Museum will host a talk on Saturday 31 March on the Westfield War Memorial Village. The talk by Dr Martin Purdy is part of their Saturday Lecture series, and runs from 1100-1215 at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 8AA  The fee is £2, payable on the day. To send an email enquiry Click Here                                                                                                                                                                                     
Heron Corn Mill is holding a milling demonstration Friday 6 April  from 1.00-4.00pm in the historic 18th century water mill. Bags of spelt, wholemeal flour and rye flour will be available to purchase afterwards. Tickets are £5 including refreshments, under 16s free. For more information, Click Here
The Kendal Historical & Archaeological Society continues its Winter Lecture Programme 2018. On Monday 9 April 2018, Annual General Meeting & Graham Hooley speaking on Guarding the Pass: Low Borrowbridge in the Tebay Gorge. The Society meets in the Shakespeare Centre, at the top of Yard 76, off Highgate (LA9 4HE), near Kendal Town Hall. The Centre has good audio/visual facilities and disabled access. Meetings start at 7.30 pm, and last about an hour, followed by questions. Annual subscription is £10, or visitors pay £2.50 per lecture.

The Yorkshire Dales Historic Environment Team are holding their Dales Archaeology Day on Saturday 14 April. This year it will be held at Richmond Methodist Church from 10am till 4pm.
Book online at

The South Ribble Museum is holding a Family History Workshop on Saturday 14 April. Members of the Preston branch of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society will be on hand to help members of the public get started tracing their family history. For more details, Click Here

The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire will hold its AGM at Lancashire Archives, Bow Street Preston on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The AGM will be followed by a public lecture at 2pm by Prof Penny Summerfield. Historians and the Diary: Cases from the Home Front in the Second World War For more information, contact                                                                                                                           

Cumbria Industrial History Society's Spring Conference will be held at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith on Saturday 21 April. The theme is ‘Industry and Society’, and presentations will look at Class War in the 1920s, the impact of the nuclear industry, workers' housing, and alcohol regulation in Carlisle & District. Lunch included.
Further information and booking forms are available at 

Transcripts of Six Inquiries by the Duchy of Lancaster Concerning the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire and Yorkshire Between 1592 & 1613

This publication should appeal to local and family historians with its wealth of names of people, their residences and often the ages of many who dwelt within the Forest of Bowland. Deer poaching, illegal felling of Forest trees, disputes concerning boundaries and the deer park at Leagram are all included.  The depositions of local residents reveal first hand what life was like in Bowland, at a period when disafforestation and the sale of the holdings were soon to follow. These transcripts of the original documents are a fascinating insight into the management of Bowland before these changes occurred.
The original documents are deposited at The National Archives and are transcribed by Frances Marginson from photographs taken by Dr Bill Shannon. They are available, price £8 plus £2 p&p from Slaidburn Archive, 25 Church Street, Slaidburn, Clitheroe. BB7 3ER or see for more information.

We hope this newsletter gives a good idea of the range of heritage activities on offer locally, and we look forward to seeing you at a Centre event in 2018.

Best wishes,

Ann-Marie Michel
Regional Heritage Centre,
Department of History,
Bowland College,
Lancaster University,
Lancaster LA1 4YT

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