External Events and Announcements

As you will appreciate, many events are still uncertain in light of the continuing pandemic. 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 Lecture Group 2021 Programme of 6 Lectures

On Thursday November 4, 11,18,25 and December 2,9. 2.15pm

"Survival and Success” - 500 years of the Cavendish Family – analysing both their social and architectural history

Lecturer: Roger Mitchell MA (Oxon)

Fees: Weekly: £3.00 - Full course - £18

Please note there is a £5 joining fee for non-members (this is a life-time membership)

Venue: W.I. Hall, Orchard Rd, Arnside. Enquiries – Daphne Jarvis – 01524 761606

The Society meets in the WI Hall, Orchard Rd Arnside. The Hall has good audio/visual facilities and disabled access. Meetings start at 2.15 pm, and last approx 2 hours, with interval.

Free Online Lecture from Heritage Blackpool

Showtown and Heritage Blackpool invite you to join us for “Anthony Burgess’s Blackpool”, a talk by Will Carr, Deputy Director of the Anthony Burgess Foundation.

Anthony Burgess was one of the greatest English writers of the twentieth century. He is best known for his dystopian novel 'A Clockwork Orange', but he wrote more than sixty other books, as well as hundreds of musical works and thousands of essays, articles and reviews.

The talk will explore the ways in which popular culture in Blackpool appears in Burgess’s writing: music on the North Pier, Tussaud’s Waxworks and the sideshows of the Golden Mile all provided material for Burgess’s novels, and his warm and affectionate portrait of Blackpool in the 1930s is by turns bawdy, raucous, tender and bittersweet.

The talk is a FREE online event, taking place on Thursday 2 December, 2021 at 7pm.

To find out more and register for this FREE talk, visit Anthony Burgess's Blackpool booking form on Eventbrite.

Kendal Historical and Archaeological Society

Kendal Historical and Archaeological Society have restarted face to face lectures on the first Monday of every month until April at the Shakespeare Centre, Yard 76, Highgate, Kendal at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome for a £3 charge.

Dr Alison Sheridan will be giving the next lecture on 6 December entitled The Neolithic of North West England. Dr Sheridan has recently retired from her post as Principal Curator of Early Prehistory at National Museums, Scotland and is now a Research Associate there. She has an international reputation and won the Prehistoric Society's Europa award in 2019. In that year she was also made a fellow of the British Academy and then was Current Archaeology's archaeologist of the year in 2020. In 2020, she also gave the prestigious series of Rhind lectures at the request of the Society of Antiquaries, Scotland.

Wigan and Leigh Archives

The new archives facilities for Wigan borough have opened in the transformed Leigh town hall. As local history and heritage groups start to reopen for meetings and activities, the service is offering to any interested groups a tour of the newly restored premises. This will include seeing the new research facilities and exhibitions and a look behind the scenes. Contact Alex Miller to arrange a tour a.miller@wigan.gov.uk

The Leyland Historical Society

Meetings have resumed in the Shield Room, Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, PR25 1DH. £5 for visitors (but new members always welcome) www.leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk

Monday 6 Dec: Coal mining in Lancashire – the photographic record Alan Davies

Monday 10 Jan 2022: The yearly archaeological update Chris Wild

Monday 7 Feb 2022: The return of Sid - dialect poems, prose and songs with Sid Calderbank

The Lancashire Local List Project

Lancashire residents are being asked for their participation on a new project funded by the Government (MHCLG) and supported by Historic England. The project encourages communities to identify the local heritage which they value most for recognition and inclusion on a Local Heritage List.

Local Heritage Assets can include any local buildings, structures, sites and landscapes that have historic or heritage merit and contribute to the character of their area. There are many heritage assets across the UK which are not on the national designated lists i.e. Listed Buildings but remain important at a local level – because they contribute to the character of an area, have local historic associations, are local landmarks or are important to the local community. These could include an interesting local building or property, a cherished local memorial, village hall, mill building or simply an interesting historic feature like a village pump or a local park. Lancashire is a County that is diverse and rich in heritage and through this project we want to identify what characterises Lancashire and makes it a unique place to live, work and visit.

The central aim of the Lancashire Local List Project is to better recognise locally important heritage assets throughout the County. To do this we want to encourage everyone to be involved and sign up to the project. We need local residents, communities, groups and societies throughout Lancashire to go out this autumn and identify local heritage and to nominate those candidate buildings and sites through our dedicated new website. Additionally, you will be able to contribute to assets already on the Local List or listed by other people, by adding your own local knowledge, this can include photographs, documents etc. relating to that particular asset. The website also provides information about the project and guidance on how to contribute. Buildings or sites nominated through the project will be considered under selection criteria developed from Historic England guidance. The year-long project is being co-ordinated by Growth Lancashire on behalf of the Lancashire Authorities.

For further information on how to register and be a part of the project, please visit our website https://local-heritage-list.org.uk/lancashire

Online Lectures for LGBT+

‘Queer perspectives on St George and the Dragon' by Dr Sam Riches

The RHC's own Dr Sam Riches presented a free online Zoom lecture to mark LGBT+ month. In ‘Queer perspectives on St George and the Dragon’, Sam returned to her specialist research interest of over twenty years, looking at some of the ways imagery of St George was used to enable discussion of gender and sexuality in late medieval European culture, and the impact that the rediscovery of this tradition is having on current reappraisals of the art and culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In case you missed it you can now watch a recording on YouTube: 'Queer perspectives on St George and the Dragon’ (please confirm you are over 16 years).

And while you're at it, check out an earlier lecture in the series by Dr Colin Penny, Museum Manager at Lancaster Castle. In 'Gay Graffiti at Lancaster Castle' Colin reveals the fascinating story behind some little-known but historically important graffiti left behind by prisoners.

Morecambe Bay Partnership Survey

The Morecambe Bay Partnership has been given funding to try to address some of the problems in the Heritage sector caused by Covid. To help get cancelled research projects, meetings, and volunteering started again, they are trying to help people gain the confidence they need to join in with, or even organise, events taking place digitally where they cannot take place in person. To understand how best to provide support to help navigate the relatively new world of digital learning and engagement and make the best use of the funding, Morecambe Bay Partnership would like to know what digital skills training would be most useful and which skills are most needed. They are asking everyone who has an interest in history, archaeology, or heritage, whether personal or professional to consider filling in the questionnaire below and share it with anyone else who might be interested.

This is the link for the questionnaire: https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/DL73KQJS

British Association for Local History

The British Association for Local History has a new feature, the Ten Minute Talk, which has proved so popular that there are now ten talks and presentations available on their website, on subjects as diverse as nineteenth-century small businesses, marriage in early-modern Suffolk and the construction of a Cambridge gas holder.

In the latest instalment, Dr Andrew Jackson examines a very topical subject, the ‘Spanish’ influenza epidemic of 1918-19, so please do take a look.

Fleetwood Museum

Fleetwood Museum and adjoining bookshop have reopened to the public. The Queens Terrace premises - Fleetwood's oldest complete building and the original Custom House designed by Decimus Burton in 1838 - have undergone a major restoration and redecoration programme. Two new gallery spaces have been created with major content changes in the deep sea fishing gallery. A new exhibition has been sponsored by Lofthouse of Fleetwood. 'Take A Deep Breath' looks at the history of the Lofthouse Company and their world famous lozenge. The exhibition will be on display throughout 2020 and 2021. The museum programme of lectures and guided heritage walks will hopefully resume in 2021. Great care has been taken over issues of social distancing, cleaning and sanitising to make the visitor experience a safe one. Staff and volunteers are required to wear face masks or shields and visitors are required to do so. For more information, please visit the website.

Kent History and Heritage Resources

Coronavirus 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.

Archived 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 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 residents 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, Georgina 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/

Women In Street Names

Women in Street Names is a project to highlight streets named after women, for the British Federation of Women Graduates, and Harper Adams University. It was launched at the Women’s Library at the LSE in July 2019. Carrie de Silva from Harper Adams explains that the aim of the project is “to highlight streets named after women, (and to highlight how few there are!), and to remember such women as are commemorated. Outputs will be a booklet of mini biographies of women named, and a paper to consider political and social culturalisation, conscious and unconscious, through the names we see in our streets”. Information is requested from across the UK, and from villages, towns and cities. More obscure royalty will be of interest (the collection won’t be including Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth II). Obscure or less well-known saints are also welcome. Of particular interest will be little-known local women who nevertheless made a large contribution to their area. Carrie will welcome the name on its own, even if the sender knows nothing else about the named woman. Please forward the street name with district, town, city, village, etc. with the woman’s main achievement or area of operation (if you know it) to: Carrie de Silva: cdesilva@harper-adams.ac.uk. (07583 144622.)

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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