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About The Federation

Since the early 1970s there has been a remarkable growth in popular interest in the local and family history of Lancashire . All over the County and beyond its borders, individuals have become actively involved in research and writing, in local history groups and societies. Today there is scarcely a town in the County Palatine that does not have a local history society and there are several major family history organisations to cater for those who are tracing their Lancashire ancestors.

Cromwell Bridge
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"Cromwell Bridge (the ruin)", west of
Great Mitton. circa 1561

Across the pre-1974 County and taking in parts of what are now Cheshire , Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cumbria , the LLHF helps to co-ordinate the activities of the numerous local and family history societies and organisations that are its members. We act as a clearing house for the exchange of information and the promotion of the varied activities that local societies undertake.

The Federation was founded in 1973 so that individuals and societies could work together and could share their ideas and knowledge. These aims have remained central to its work ever since. Today the Federation has a large membership of eighty societies and many more individuals and is one of the biggest such organisations in Britain .

The Federation holds several meetings each year, with a varied and interesting programme.

Spring Day Schools. . In the Spring we hold our annual day school on Lancashire themes. Recent subjects have included lost trades, customs and Manchester & Liverpool histories and we try and find a suitable venue in Lancashire that has links with the theme of the day, or as of late, we try to use the Civic Centre at Lowton, near Leigh, which has proved to be a popular venue with delegates.

knott end ferry
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"Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry", circa 1917.

At Home With. In October each year, a member society is "At Home" for the day and they organise a combination of talks and visits to reflect their own locality or sphere of influence. In recent years we have been at home to Halliwell, Liverpool , Longridge, Ramsbottom, Lancaster , St.Helens, Birkdale & Ainsdale, Blackburn , Ewecross and Littleborough societies.

Annual General Meetings. The business of the AGM is transacted in less than an hour but this does not stop us from making a day of it! Usually held in the Preston area, topics for the day are varied but always include an open forum where members can air their views and share their successes with their fellow historians.