The project will work with 10 school and community groups to research and document the history of religious and political dissent in Lancaster, particularly in relation to the Castle. This will include accessing original archive material, learning from local historians, and gathering other research material such as oral histories.
Project participants will link distant histories of dissent (eg Quakers and Catholics locked up in the Castle for their religious beliefs, Luddites and Chartists for their political beliefs) with more recent histories of dissent, such as conscientious objectors and peace activists.
Project participants will also write up historical case studies, conduct oral histories and upload to a shared website which will be launched at a Museum in Lancaster during the latter months of the project. This website will be a lasting legacy that will allow a wide-ranging public to engage with heritage.