Nathalie Perl - Email:
Subject: Solstice events with Creative Manchester and Jodrell Bank in Manchester

I wanted to draw your attention to Creative Manchester’s flagship Solstice Event with Jodrell Bank Observatory in Manchester in June

The Three Cultures? Alan Garner - Art, Myth, Science Date: 21 June 2024, 10.30am - Location: Jodrell Bank Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Creative Manchester and Jodrell Bank with a day of panels, discussions and workshops celebrating novelist Alan Garner; one of the most significant and interesting writers of our generation.

A long-time resident of Alderley Edge, his work is inspired by its history, drawing on its rooted archaeology and its connections to the larger universe through Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Square Kilometre Array. In this, his 90th year, a handpicked cohort of specialists from the realms of archaeology, physics and literature will gather at this key site to discuss how Garner’s fiction has inspired them, and explore how time and place are re-imagined in his classic novels.

Buy your ticket:

Nathalie Perl - Creative Manchester Communications and Engagement Coordinator School of Arts, Languages and Cultures The University of Manchester | Samuel Alexander Building, A24 | Oxford Road | Manchester | M13 9PL


Lancashire Local History Federation is delighted to publish a book of original essays written in honour of Dr Alan Crosby. He has made an invaluable contribution to furthering the understanding and enjoyment of local history in Lancashire.

The contributions span many centuries and nine varied aspects of county history.


1. Red lines, over-sands crossings and King Arthur: a re-appraisal of the depiction of the North West on the Gough Map - William D. Shannon
2. The Catholic Cliftons and the Church of England at Lund and Lytham - Peter Shakeshaft
3. Pilkington and its fieldnames - Diana Winterbotham
4. Cheesemaking in the Goosnargh area in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - Zoë Lawson
5. A Peculiar People transformed: the changing face of Quakerism in Victorian Lancashire - Angus J. L. Winchester
6. Working at home during the nineteenth century: a case study of Winckley Square, Preston - Geoff Timmins
7. Success to the ladies of Worden: the trials and tribulations of a Lancashire estate - David Hunt
8. The Seward stained-glass studio of Lancaster - Margaret Edwards
9. Local history and the Lancaster Historical Pageant of 1913 - Mike Winstanley

Includes a foreword by Paul Booth; an extensive list of works by Alan Crosby; and a comprehensive index.                              

Fully illustrated. ISBN 978-1-5272-6533-2.


 The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire is pleased to announce that many of its publications are now available in digital format, free to users.

A full list of digitised volumes, and links to access them, can be found on our website:

This digital library – comprising 140 volumes, and covering a wide range of topics and historical periods from the eleventh to the twentieth century – will provide a valuable resource for all those interested in the history of Lancashire and Cheshire. Editions published within the last ten years are not available online, but can be purchased via our website.

The Record Society 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 an historical lecture. For more information, including details of upcoming publications, please go to

Events for 2024

"At Home" 

with Chorley Heritage Centre Group
At The Lancastrian Suite, Chorley Town Hall, PR7 1DP
Saturday, 13th July, 2024


9.30-9.50 am Arrival and Registration, with refreshments, incl. Chorley Cake

9.50-10.00 am Welcome and outline of the day

10.00-11.00 am Keynote Presentation : Dr Bill Walker “ Myles Standish: Man of Mystery”
( Bill Walker is author of “Duxbury in Decline” and Education leader Chorley Heritage Centre Group)

11.15am-12.15 pm Guest Historian: Alan Davies B.A (Hons) “ The Pit Brow Women of The Lancashire Coalfield”
(Alan is former Curator of both the Lancashire and Cheshire Mining Museum and Wigan and Leigh Archives,also author of many mining titles including “Coal Mining in Lancashire and Cheshire”)

12.15-1.00 pm Lunch- with recent exhibitions e.g ” Charles Lightoller and the Titanic”

1.00- 1.45 pm Group visits to Chorley Library and “ The Lost Coal Mines of Chorley” Exhibition

1.45- 4.00 pm Choice of Field Visits:
a) Chorley’s Historic Core
b) Astley Hall “The Jewel in Chorley’s Crown” ( a ten minute walk through Astley Park, followed by a guided tour of the recently refurbished Hall)
c) Tour of Duxbury Hall and Gardens ( members opting for this experience will need to take their own transport to Duxbury or request a lift when booking).

Day School - The 2024 Day School will be about the canals of Lancashire and will be held on November 2nd. 

This is a questionnaire to all members of the Federation, to capture some information and views about how the University might help to support local history activities. 

University of Central Lancashire Questionnaire.

Lancashire Local History Federation