History Month On Your Doorstep

It’s Local and Community History Month this May, the perfect opportunity to discover the varied heritage Lancaster and Morecambe district has to offer.


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  • Morecambe: The Naples of the North exhibition which runs until June 12 at Lancaster City Museum.


  • Two exhibitions at Lancaster Maritime Museum during May. By The Water is an intimate selection of work seeing the element of water through the eyes of artists in the museum’s collection while Going to the Sand by photographer Tessa Bunney focuses on the lives of Morecambe Bay’s inshore fishing families.


  • Lancaster City Museum’s community history case. During May it features the work of local artist, Teresa Kirk who is influenced by historic Lancashire as well as the natural world.


  • The Fish and Ships exhibition at Morecambe Heritage Centre in the Arndale Centre. It features photographs from the Baxter fishing family and fishermen’s clothes. There’s also a  special display celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.



  • A talk on long-range ground attack missions by RAF Vulcan bombers against Argentine positions in the Falklands in 1982 to mark the 40th anniversary of the war. Hosted by Lancaster Military Heritage Group on May 11 at 7pm at Lansil Sports and Social Club. Anyone interested in attending should contact the speaker, Brian Jefferson on 07876 710565.


Hear Lancaster City Council
  • Lancaster City Council’s new chief executive, Mark Davies’s vision for the district as he gives an online talk to Lancaster Civic Vision on May 18 at 7.30pm. For members only.  Membership is £15 single and £25 joint. For details visit the Contact & Join Us page at


or email david.morgan@lancastercivicsociety.uk


Hear all about the local link to Russian lead seals during an online talk hosted by the Friends of Lancaster City Museum
  • An online history talk hosted by the Friends of Lancaster City Museum on May 26 at 7pm when  Emma Holborn from Lancaster Maritime Museum explains how Russian lead seals eventually turned up in a field in Yealand Conyers. To book, visit FOLCM on Facebook.


  • A talk on Rogues, Villains and Scoundrels of Lancaster Castle by Dr Colin Penny on May 27 from 12-1pm at the Judges’ Lodgings. Admission is £4 including tea/coffee.


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  • A conversation about Lancaster, Christianity and transatlantic slavery hosted by Lancaster Priory on May 20 from 7pm and chaired by Manchester Cathedral Dean Rogers Govender involving Lancaster Black History Group and Lancaster Quakers.



  • A new international collaboration with French artist, Elisa Moris Vai interrogating the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade in France with UCLAN’s Prof Alan Rice on May 24 from 6pm at the Judges’ Lodgings. Includes a chance to explore the period rooms and a drinks reception. Tickets are free but booking is required via: bit.ly/JudgesLodgingsEvents


  • Heritage Open Days. This annual celebration takes place from September 9-18 when the theme is Astounding Inventions celebrating England’s rich history of invention, industry and innovation. If your organisation or historic location doesn’t fit with the theme, don’t worry, any inventive ideas are welcome.The aim of Heritage Open Days is to celebrate all heritage, community and history and a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences for free. Those wishing to open their historic doors, need to register their event by August 1 at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/organising/how-to-get-involved



  • Jubilee