Heritage at Home

History is coming straight into your home during lockdown, courtesy of the area’s local heritage network.

Here’s a guide to some of the best heritage activities you can enjoy:

 

Learn

View historic photos, mystery objects, an A-Z of Lancastrians and try family craft activities on Lancaster City Museum’s daily changing Facebook page.

Museum Moods of Quarantine Charlotte Elizabeth Fuller Maitland of Borwick Hall by William Blake Richmond
Museum Moods of Quarantine Charlotte Elizabeth Fuller Maitland of Borwick Hall by William Blake Richmond

 

Via Lancaster Museum’s Twitter page, discover insights into local history. Find #DidYouKnow facts, artwork and anniversaries, as well as silly memes such as a chilly Bernie Sanders warming himself by the Cottage Museum fire!

Lancaster City Museum's Tweets have included amusing memes.
Lancaster City Museum’s Tweets have included amusing memes.

 

Virtually visit Global Link’s online exhibition – Learning from the Past.  Explore the international peace movement after World War One. Book your free ticket to February 25th’s online launch.

Learning from The Past partners met in Lancaster for heritage training and the resulting exhibition will now be online.
Learning from The Past partners met in Lancaster for heritage training and the resulting exhibition will now be online.

 

Research local military history on the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum’s website. The Regimental Journal – The Lion and The Rose has now been digitised from 1921-1959. Why not discover whether your ancestors are among the 30,000 plus names in the medal rolls and rolls of honour?

Read a variety of Lancashire County Council Museum Service’s blogs. Posts include the fascinating conservation of a Judges’ Lodgings painting and the part Gillows played in local black history.

Read online all about the conservation work recently completed on this painting displayed in the Judges Lodgings Museum. Image courtesy of Lancaster City Museums.
The conservation of this painting on display at the Judges’ Lodgings is explained in a county council museum service blog. Image courtesy of Lancaster City Museums

The conservation of this painting on display at the Judges Lodgings is explained in a county council museum service blog. Image courtesy of Lancaster City Museums
The conservation of this painting on display at the Judges’ Lodgings is explained in a county council museum service blog. Image courtesy of Lancaster City Museums.

 

Explore the district’s history of activism at www.documentingdissent.org.uk. Featuring Lancaster & Morecambe LGBT town trail and stories about local LGBT heritage and activism. There is also insight into women’s and peace activism, World War One’s conscientious objectors, Chartists, Quakers, other religious dissenters and more contemporary activists for peace and social change.

Discover Scotforth’s history, part of the Cowshed to Community project currently on hold during the pandemic.

Discover more about the history of Scotforth on the Barton Road Centre website. Pic courtesy of Lancaster City Museum Discover more about the history of Scotforth on the Barton Road Centre website. Pic courtesy of Lancaster City Museum.

 

Share Alan Bennett’s memories of holidaying in Morecambe posted on Morecambe Heritage Centre’s website. Other stories include the mechanical elephant on the sands, The Entertainer filmed in Morecambe, wartime in the resort and  a fairground family’s reminiscences.

Find out more of the resort’s history on the Morecambe Heritage Centre’s Facebook page which carries more than 200 Morecambology blogs!

Morecambology blogs bring back memories of happy days by the seaside. Pic courtesy of Morecambe Heritage Centre
Morecambology blogs bring back memories of happy days by the seaside. Pic courtesy of Morecambe Heritage Centre.

 

Visit Morecambe Bay Partnership’s heritage website full of oral histories, pamphlets, photos, archaeology stories and even musical and creative pieces. Highlights include: Fleeting Soundscape and the Catching Tales project exploring the Bay’s fishing heritage; the Bay’s archaeology; soundscapes and heritage podcasts.

Morecambe Bay Partnership's Catching Tales project can be enjoyed online. Photo courtesy of Lancaster Museums.
Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Catching Tales project can be enjoyed online. Photo courtesy of Lancaster Museums.

 

Watch

Enjoy a variety of entertaining and informative short films revealing lesser known North Lancashire heritage stories by hyperlocal history film-makers LuneTube.

LuneTube reveals fascinating local history facts in short, entertaining online films
LuneTube reveals fascinating local history facts in short, entertaining online films.

Zoom into Lancaster Military Heritage Group’s forthcoming talks:  1800-1930 Swansong: British Maritime Power in World War Two (February 24) and Why France and the West lost so badly and quickly in May/June 1940 (March 25). Contact mike.irvine@talk21.com for Zoom link or call 07876710565 for information.

Join Lancaster Civic Society’s spring Zoom talks: Lancaster University Institutional Strategy 2020-2025 (March 10) and St George in the Medieval Cult (April 14). For information, visit the Civic Society’s website (click on Programme).

Listen to Morecambe Bay Partnership’s online talks programme: Morecambe Bay Sunset Series. Forthcoming talks include From Morikambe to Morecambe: How The Bay got its name (March 16) and The Story of SHIP (March 30). Previous talks can also be found on YouTube.

Discover Ruskin as Lancaster University’s Ruskin Library provides online talks including Storm clouds and the sea of ice, Ruskin in the Alps (February 25); A Ruskian View of Russia (March 18) and Ruskin and the California Dream (April 22).

Go to YouTube to watch Uncovering Halton Mill, a Regional Heritage Centre project featuring videos and fascinating material about this historic industrial site.

Tune into weekly services and concerts at Lancaster Priory on their Facebook page.

 

Take Part

Test those little grey cells with quizzes set by The Friends of Lancaster City Museum on their Facebook page.

Join the annual Archaeology Forum run by Lancaster University’s Regional Heritage Centre on March 6 complete with a live Q&A session afterwards. 

Step out on one of Lancaster City Museum’s popular Walks with Stories routes which are now on the Visit Lancaster website. The Civic Society’s Facebook page also features walks around places of historic interest.

 

halton

Improve your digital skills with Morecambe Bay Partnership’s training for community groups and volunteers in the Bay area. For all those with an interest in history, archaeology or heritage, whether personal or professional.

 

Search Lancashire County Council’s Archives online and contribute to a new archive collecting experiences of COVID-19 in Lancashire.