Throughout Autumn Global Link is hosting a series of events as part of our Documenting Dissent Project. The events are free and hope to engage the public with local history.

Thursday October 17th

10 – 3.30 pm
Room 4, Friends Meeting House

Oral History Training

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 

North WEst Sound Archivethrough audio recordings.

North West Sound Archive, based at Clitheroe Castle, records, collects and preserves sound recordings of the life, character, history and traditions of North West England. they currently hold over 140,000 recordings relating to all aspects of North West life.

Open to all, but places limited to 12, and priority will be given to research volunteers in the Documenting Dissent project. 

Tuesday October 22nd

William Stout Room, Friends Meeting House 
2 – 4 pm


Prisoners of Conscience at Lancaster Castle

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.

Thursday October 24th

Lancaster Castle
£3 or Donation 

Songs, Speeches and Suicides: Chartism and the power of the word

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).

Tuesday November 26th

Meeting Room, Friends Meeting House

The 1884 Franchise Demonstrations in the Lancaster Area

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. 


Heritage Lottery

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.