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

Date: 12 February 2019

Emily and Naomi, MA students at Lancaster University, are going to be taking part in this year's Campus in the City festival

They are holding a drop-in event in central Lancaster on Friday 5 April 10.30am - 3pm. Members of the public are welcome to drop in, but the students are particularly keen to meet local people who can bring along objects and photographs relating to home, work and social life in Preston, Lancaster and Barrow during the period 1890-1940. This is part of a project to create a digital exhibition to accompany the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive -

Equivalent events were held in Preston and Barrow earlier this year, and a good haul of photographs and artefacts has already been documented. Now the students would like to add material relating to life in Lancaster: they aim to copy your photographs and take photographs of the objects on the day.  These can include anything relating to early 20th century working class life in Lancaster, such as tools used in local industries, clothing worn in Lancaster in this period, utensils from Lancaster homes, or tickets and programmes for football matches, dances, concerts or other entertainment.

Our dedicated Oral History website will be available to browse, and there will also be an opportunity to view the award-winning Mirador film inspired by the Archive - 'Give Me Today, Anytime'.  For more information on this film please see the news story below, from 13 November 2018.

The exact venue will be confirmed shortly. There is no need to book, just drop in. 


'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.


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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