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.

Arnside Lecture Group

The Arnside Lecture Group announces a series of lectures for2020 by Roger Mitchell (Oxon) on The English Country House - from early Tudor to 21st Century". Beginning Thursday 23 January,Roger will present The late Mediaeval and early Tudor Country House

January 30 – The Elizabethan and Jacobean Country House

February 6 – The Stuart and Baroque Country House

February 13 – The Georgian Country House

February 20 – The Victorian Country House

February 27 – The Country House in the 20th and 21st Century

Venue: W.I. Hall, Orchard Rd, Arnside. 2.15pm.

Enquiries – Dorothy Mitchell 01524 761836

Meetings start at 2.00 pm, and last about 2 hours, with a break for refreshment.

Weekly fee: £3.00 - Full course: £18 Please note: There is a £5 joining fee for non-members (this is a life-time membership)

Lancashire Archives

Lancashire Archives is hosting an illustrated talk on John Henry Spencer by Dr Cynthia Johnston of the Institute of English Studies, University of London on Friday 7 Feb at 7.00pm. Entitled ‘His books were amongst his greatest friends’: Preston’s greatest book collector, John Henry Spencer’, this evening talk includes a buffet supper and glass of wine. Tickets are £12 To book, email record.office@lancashire.gov.uk.

John Henry Spencer fell in love with books at an early age. Although the circumstances of his family were desperate, Spencer pursued his love of learning and books with an astonishing passion throughout his life. His great gifts to Preston were his collections of children’s books and chap books to the Harris Museum, just before his death in 1952. These are amongst the ‘hidden collections’ of the Harris to be featured in an exhibition sponsored by the Paul Mellon Foundation at Blackburn Museum from Friday 31st January 2020.

Lancashire Archives is celebrating its 80th anniversary with an open day on Sunday 1 March from 11:00 - 15:00. The day is for people interested in local and family history with stalls, information and advice, and refreshments from Café Archive. Artworks from Skelmersdale's ILLUME project, incorporating 35mm transparancies of the New Town ,will be on display for the day in the Record Office courtyard and please note the Regional Heritage Centre will be among those groups represented with a stand, so we'll be delighted to see RHC Friends, Patrons and supporters there.

For further details contact record.office@lancashire.gov.uk

And finally, Lancashire Archives will be presenting 'The Workhouse' a half-day workshop with tutor Dr Alan Crosby on Wednesday 18 March from 1.30- 4pm. The workshop uses original sources to explore the 1834 Poor Law and the huge quantity of documents which it generated. It shows how in Lancashire and Yorkshire the response to the 1834 legislation was definitely not what the government had intended. Bloody-minded northerners subverted the system and helped to bring about its downfall!

Venue: Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE. Cost £10. Places are limited, so advance booking essential. Book online with BACS payment - www.flarchives.co.uk

Friends of the City Museum

Friends of the City Museum announce a new series of lunchtime talks. On 14 February, senior lecturer in politics Dr Sarah Marsden will discuss her work on ‘Remembering Resistance’, a project looking at the last century of women’s activism in the North of England.

‘Learning with Comics and WWI Stories’ is the title of Dr Natasa Lackovic’s talk on 13 March. What would happen if a group of teenagers found a corpse of a WWI soldier in the melting ice of northern Italy? This and many other profound and challenging questions are tackled by the authors that contributed to the graphic anthology Traces of the Great War, a focus of this talk.

‘Working Class Life in Early Twentieth Century Lancaster’ will be explored by Dr Sam Riches and Dr Elizabeth Roberts in their 10 April talk entitled ‘If You Were Lucky, You Had A Wool Jersey’. In the 1970s and 1980s Elizabeth created a ground-breaking archive of interviews about the lives of working class people in Lancaster, Barrow-in-Furness and Preston. Elizabeth will talk about the significance of the archive as evidence of vanishing ways of life, and Sam will demonstrate the features of the dedicated website https://www.regional-heritage-centre.org/

Lancashire Local History Federation

Lancashire Local History Federation is holding its annual conference on Saturday 29 February at Nelson House in Burnley. With talks from various speakers, the theme is ‘Sounds of Lancashire: music, song and poetry through history’, and tickets are available for £14 (conference only) or £19 (to include lunch). Please note the deadline for booking is 21 February. For more information and to book tickets, please contact Zoe Lawson tel. 01772 865347 or email zoe.lawson@talktalk.net

The Ruskin at Lancaster University

The Ruskin at Lancaster University announces a new exhibition.

Hideyuki Sobue: Conversation with Ruskin Thursday 23 Jan to Friday 28 Feb from 1000 to 1600 Weekdays. Free

This exhibition presents Hideyuki Sobue's portrait of John Ruskin, commissioned for the 2019 bicentenary of Ruskin's birth. Hideyuki Sobue’s portrait represents Ruskin as a prophet for our contemporary period of ecological and existential crisis. With new works exploring the Lake District landscape by Sobue, this exhibition sets Ruskin’s love of nature in conversation with our contemporary period of ecological crisis In partnership with Brantwood. Supported by Arts Council England.

Cumbria Prehistory Resource

Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS) have produced a learning resource to help teachers in the county’s schools support the teaching of prehistory, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, within the History curriculum. The pack was produced with input from archaeological experts and feedback from teachers and learners after a pilot session in a Maryport school. It comprises an introductory slide show; in school activities (covering topics like artefacts, burials, food and the home); on site activity suggestions (using Cumbrian sites, artefacts and museums); background information and signposts to further information.

The resource pack is free and can be downloaded from the Cumbria Past website.


Or search Cumbria Past in Google, then open the tab Grants, and look under Schools Area

Global Link

Global Link has launched an exciting new online community heritage 'map' of Europe where viewers can discover previously undocumented histories of activities relating to peace and internationalism during the inter-war years of the twentieth century. Global Link has worked with volunteers to uncover local and regional histories of people who fought, and sometimes died, for social justice, human rights and peace. Now with EU funding from Erasmus +, this learning is being shared and developed with European partners through the project Learning from the Past (so that we are not condemned to repeat it) where partners have developed the online 'map' to document stories from across the continent. Viewers can click on areas within countries to find histories relating to that place. These include stories of people resisting fascism, colonialism and other underground resistance movements, stories of Scouting and Girl Guide movements across Europe, stories of the development of League of Nations groups, peace and internationalist activities in and out of schools, activism within international women's movements, and stories of migration. Visit learningfromthepast.net

The Viking Age in the North West

The Viking Age in the North West is a free app which allows you to discover a range of sites in the Wirral that shed light on the history of Viking settlement and integration. These sites range from place-names and archaeological finds to stone sculptures. The app comes with a map to help you locate sites, or you can browse through the alphabetical list. There is a brief description and image for every featured site, as well as references to find out more information. It is hoped to expand the geographical range of the app in future, and feedback via the app is welcome. You can download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.

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