External Events and Announcements

As you will appreciate, all events have been cancelled or postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. We therefore ask you to contact organisations directly for up to date information about whether events are going ahead in future or not. 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.

Arnside Sailing Club

Arnside Sailing Club has postponed a conference on Crossfields of Arnside and their boats that was due to be held on Saturday 21 March. It will now be re-scheduled for October. Crossfields of Arnside were leading builders of gaff rigged yachts and Morecambe Bay Prawners (also known as Nobbies). They were active from the 1840s to the 1940s. There are 27 Crossfield Boats on the OGA Boat Register, including Bonita (1888), the oldest boat to take part in the 2013 OGA Round Britain Challenge. In 2018, Arnside Sailing Club bought the Severn (1912), in order to have an example of a Crossfields’ boat in the village.

The conference will be chaired by Eric Crossfield, great grandson of William Crossfield, who set up the boatyard on the shore at Arnside in the 1890s.

Tickets are £24 including a buffet lunch(any surplus will go towards the maintenance of Severn).

To book fill in application form and return to crossfieldyachtsevern@gmail.com or by post
to Alasdair Simpson, Friends of Severn, 30 Silverdale Road, Arnside, via Carnforth LA5 0DT

The booking form can be downloaded from http://www.arnsidesailingclub.co.uk/wpcontent/

Free Local History Webinar

Adrian Waite will be holding a webinar on The Eden Valley during the Medieval Period on Wednesday 15 July at 7pm. This webinar will last about an hour and will outline the history of the Eden Valley between the fifth and the fifteenth centuries, describing some of the surviving sites and buldings including those at Appleby, Brough, Brougham, Kirkby Stephen and Pendragon.

There will be opportunities to ask questions and make comments, and this event is FREE.

For further information, please visit https://event.webinarjam.com/register/27/qpp50u68

This website also includes photo galleries featuring photographs of historic sites. It can be viewed at https://aw-history.co.uk/photos

Keele Latin and Palaeography Online Summer School

The 43rd annaul Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School will take place online from Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August. Expert online tuition in small virtual groups for those who need to read medieval and early modern documents for local and national history. Courses range from introductions to medieval Latin and palaeography to more advanced ones on specialist topics. Frequently attended by local historians, postgraduate students, and archivists from the UK and abroad. Hosted on Keele University’s Microsoft Teams platform. For further information, please visit the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/humanities/study/history/cpd/#latin-and-palaeography-summer-school

Kent History and Heritage Resources

Corona virus has curtailed activities for the present, but in normal times the Kent Centre for History and Heritage organises history weekends, workshops, conferences, lectures etc and it has a weekly blog that draws on research into Kent history. To explore these resources, visit https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-humanities/research-kent-history-and-archaeology/centre-for-research-in-kent-history-and-archaeology.aspx

Local and Family History Resources

Zoe Lawson of the Lancashire Local History Federation has kindly gathered a list of helpful resources. The following is a selection of free websites.


Genealogy Sites

www.ancestry.co.uk/ and www.findmypast.co.uk/ are well known and offer a 14 day free trial.

www.familysearch.org/en/ is the largest site to offer free access to records from old censuses, birth registers, etc. It includes the International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) which has parish records for several countries including Australia, Canada and the USA, as well as the UK.

www.genuki.org.uk This website doesn’t hold records but contains a vast amount of historical information that will help you find the records you need from anywhere in the UK.

www.jewishgen.org/new/ Jewish genealogy website.

Births, Marriages & Deaths The Register Offices in the county of Lancashire hold the original records of births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837. The county's family history societies are collaborating with the local registration services to make the indexes to these records freely searchable via the internet at http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/

Free access to records of births, marriages and deaths for the whole of the UK is available at www.freebmd.org.uk/search

Note that not all records have yet been transcribed.

Archive catalogues are always a good starting point and many online catalogue entries provide significant detail, though not a substitute for looking at the original document when archives offices re-open.

Lancashire Archives archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk/calmview/

Manchester City Archives www.manchester.gov.uk/info/448/archives_ and_local_history

The Senhouse Roman Museum

The Senhouse Roman Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, marking 30 years since the Senhouse Roman Museum opened to the public. A number of events and exhibitions are planned throughout the year to celebrate the Museum's continuing success. For more information, please call 01900 816168.

The Social History Society COVID-19 Emergency Grant

The Social History Society is aware that the current COVID-19 emergency is negatively affecting historians in multiple ways. To support the community of social and cultural historians during this crisis the Society has decided to redirect funds that we would normally allocate to support conferences and workshops through Grants for Events into short-term hardship support.

Applications are invited for a one-off payment of up to £300 to support historians who are experiencing difficulties in carrying out their research owing to unexpected financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be spent on research resources such as books, access to online resources, or vital computer equipment.

The scheme is open to postgraduate researchers registered at a UK university, early career scholars (within three years of viva date), independent scholars and those working outside higher education institutions.

Applicants must be members of the SHS (or willing to become one), ordinarily be resident in the UK, and not employed in a full time, permanent job.

Download the application form

The completed application form should be emailed to our Honorary Secretary, Gerorgina Brewis, at g.brewis@ucl.ac.uk

Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire seeks to promote understanding of, and public interest in, Lancashire and Cheshire’s past, through the publication of editions of historical documents. For an annual subscription of £20, members receive each year a hardback volume and an invitation to a historical lecture. For more information, including details of forthcoming publications, please visit http://rslc.org.uk/

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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