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Local Heritage Film - Kirkby Lonsdale screening

Date: 4 June 2019

“Remembering Kirkby Lonsdale” is a 70 minute documentary by filmmaker John Hamlett that brings together the prewar memories of eight of Kirkby’s very oldest residents. Stories of the town’s feudal estate, smithy, workhouse, gas works, steam trains, new bridge and bypass. Rich in character and detail it’s been commended/applauded/praised for bringing the period vividly to life. Includes previously unseen archive stills and footage from North West Film Archive. Supported by Kirkby Lonsdale and District Civic Society and the Christopher Robins Charitable Trust. 

Two screenings will take place on Sunday 14 July, at 1.00pm and 3.30pm, at Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

The film is non-profit project but is being shown as part of a fundraiser for St John’s Hospice and Macmillan.

Tickets £10 (include refreshments and prize draw) available from Boots the chemist, Market Square Kirkby Lonsdale.


'A History in Objects: Preston, Lancaster and Barrow, 1890-1940'

Date: 10 April 2019

Emily and Naomi, MA students at Lancaster University, have reported back on their experience of running community engagement events, including at this year's Campus in the City festival

Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive: The Community Engagement Project

As History MA students, this project has allowed us to engage with local communities and share our interests in heritage and history.  The focus of the project was to encourage people to bring in their own artefacts and photographs relating to working class life in Preston, Barrow and Lancaster between 1890-1940, with the intention that digital images of these contributions will be used to create an online exhibition to complement the online version of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive  Having just completed the final drop-in session, we believe the project has been successful in our endeavours to inspire people to share their personal and family histories with us, as well as raising the profile of the ERWCOHA, the RHC and the Mirador film, ‘Give Me Today, Anytime’ [see the story below].  Although the Preston and Barrow events were quiet in terms of footfall, the people who did come along seemed to have existing interests in their family history and brought plenty of material for us to catalogue for our online exhibition.  The Lancashire Archives and the Cumbria County Council Archives also provided items and photographs for us to have on display as talking points, and we also showed the Mirador film at both events.
            The Lancaster event was somewhat different from the first two as it took place as part of Campus in the City.  In this instance, we did not have the facilities to show the Mirador film so, instead, we provided leaflets and flyers with website links and promoted it verbally.  We were in a busy central location, therefore we anticipated that we would get more passers-by than people bringing items in to us.  Taking advantage of this, we borrowed objects from the Lancashire Museums Service such as toasters, lamps, clocks, kitchen utensils and newspapers from the 1930s which people could touch and interact with.  These items were on a table in front of the shop and were successful in drawing the attention and interest of passers-by.  In these instances, we took the time to explain our project, the work of the RHC and the ERWCOHA.  Local history societies and interest groups such as Lancaster District Heritage Group and the Facebook pages of Lancaster Past and Present and Preston Past and Present proved to be valuable resources in reaching people who already had local history and family history interests, and in the majority of cases, our exhibition material came from these people.
            Overall, this project has been a valuable experience for us as students, building our experience in setting up a public-facing project, and a worthwhile exercise in community engagement.  We have learned that so many people have objects, artefacts and photographs hidden away in their attics, each with their own stories to tell.  We feel privileged to have played a part in telling some of those stories, and we look forward to engaging an even wider range of people through the online exhibition. 

Lancaster resident Catherine Harling brings along photographs and pamphlets from her father’s collection


                      A passer-by stops to learn more about our objects on display                   


 A screening of the Mirador film ‘Give Me Today, Anytime’ in Barrow

                                                     Dr Elizabeth Roberts comes along to the Lancaster event



'Give me today, anytime' wins prestigious award

Date: 13 November 2018

We are delighted to announce that 'Give me today, anytime', the documentary film inspired by the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive which premiered at our special conference to mark the launch of the website of the archive back in May, has won a prestigious award.  In a high profile ceremony at BAFTA on Thursday 8 November the film was named as the winner of the 'Inspiration' category of the Arts & Humanities Research Council's Research in Film Awards. This is the only category of the competition that is open to entries from members of the public as well as academics, and we are delighted that our collaboration with Mirador, the Heritage and Arts Charity, has been recognised in such an exciting way; we look forward to working with them again in the future. Special mention must go to the filmmakers Tom Diffenthal and Jonathan Randall who did such an outstanding job - congratulations to all their interviewees and collaborators as well.

Update: the film is now freely available to view at


Massive Open Online Course ‘Lancaster Castle and Northern English History: the View from the Stronghold’, launching on 29th October 2018

Date: 20 August 2018

We are pleased to announce that our first MOOC is open for registration. Find out more and view the trailer at:

Lancaster Castle and Northern English History: The View from the Stronghold

The fascinating and varied history of Lancaster Castle, ranging from its darker days as a medieval stronghold through to life as a Category C prison, is captured in this exciting new free course that’s open to all, presented on the Future Learn platform. Read more


The Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive is now live.

Date: 19 May 2018

We are delighted to announce that the website has been published at

Please note that the website is still under development, and more content will be added in the coming months.


Creative Writing Opportunities with our partner organisation Mirador

Date: 13 February 2018

Mirador have announced some exciting free opportunities to find out about and be inspired by the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive. Read more


Latest News on our Digitisation Project

Date: 8 February 2018

Work is now well underway towards the creation of a neew website to host the transcripts of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive. Read more


Tess Baxter's Parkin Recipes

Date: 1 February 2018

We're delighted to publish Tess Baxter's recipes from the event we held in October 2017. Tess baked each of these for us to taste... Read more


Fundraising Success for Regional Heritage Centre

Date: 2 March 2016

The Regional Heritage Centre is delighted to report that the fundraising drive to enable the digitisation of the Elizabeth Roberts ... Read more»


More Donations to our Fundraising Drive

Date: 29 January 2016

The Regional Heritage Centre is delighted to report that the Aurelius Trust has made a very generous award of £5,000 towards our fundraising e ... Read more»

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