Thursday October 17th
10 – 3.30 pm
Room 4, Friends Meeting House
As part of the Documenting Dissent project, North West Sound Archive are providing a FREE oral history training session for those interested in documenting dissent
through audio recordings.
Tuesday October 22nd
William Stout Room, Friends Meeting House
2 – 4 pm
For those who missed Dr Michael Mullet′s fascinating lecture on the incarceration of prisoners of conscience at Lancaster Castle, with a particular focus on religious dissenters, this is another opportunity for people to attend.
Extra time will be given over for discussion.
Dr Mike Sanders will deliver a lecture on the importance of the word - spoken, sung and written - within the Chartist movement. The lecture will explore the ways Chartists used speeches, songs and poetry to convey their ideas and will end with Richard Pillings dramatic speech from the dock of the Lancaster courtroom, where he was facing a charge of sedition and tumult following the strikes of 1842.
Singer Garth Hewitt will be performing songs from his album based on the National Chartist Hymn Book to accompany the lecture.Dr Mike Sanders is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Manchester University and the author of The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Historian Dr. Mark Nixon will give a lecture exploring North Lancashire’s radical political activism in the late 19th century, which included a series of major political demonstrations, demanding the vote for working-class men (and sometimes women) and often also the abolition of the House of Lords.
Dr. Nixon will use real objects for the audience to handle and discuss, as well as images to link the local demonstrations to national events and radical political causes of the day.
Find out more about the Documenting Dissent Project, or if you are interested in being a research volunteer in the project, please get in touch.
The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.