• Discovering Coccium: an Archaeological Account of Roman Wigan 
    16 June 2021, 2pm.       Ian Miller, Lead Archaeologist, Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford.      Iter X of the Antonine Itinerary, essentially a road map of the Roman Empire produced in the 2nd / 3rd century, traces a route of 150 Roman miles from Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast to Whitchurch in Shropshire. The route passes through seven named locations, including a station referred to as Coccium that lay 20 Roman miles from Ribchester and 17 miles from Manchester, but its precise location has been a topic of debate for generations. Chance finds of Roman artefacts were discovered in various locations across Wigan town centre during the 19th century, but the first archaeological evidence for Roman settlement in Wigan was not uncovered until the 1980s when the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit carried out excavations at The Wiend. Some 20 years later, excavations along Millgate by Oxford Archaeology North revealed the remarkable remains of a Roman bath house, adding considerable weight to the suggestion that Wigan did indeed originate as Coccium. Further compelling evidence was recovered from another excavation by Oxford Archaeology North in 2008, which revisited the site of GMAUs excavations at The Wiend. This talk draws the key results from these excavations together to present the current understanding of Wigan’s fascinating Roman past.Book your free place via Eventbite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148089338197 
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The Society is a charity which exists for educational purposes to promote the study of any aspect of the history of the Palatine counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.

The aims of the Society are achieved principally through public lectures and the publication of an annual volume of Transactions. The Constitution of the Society is published in volume 145 of Transactions for 1996.

Articles published in Transactions, a peer reviewed journal, reflect recent high quality research and scholarship on the two counties.

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Journal

  • Vol 168 (2019)
    To commemorate the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre this volume includes two research notes on aspects of the legacy of this momentous event. The cover image is reproduced courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives.
  • Vol 167 (2018)
    Topics covered in this volume range across both counties over the centuries. The cover image of ‘Lancaster Castle from churchyard’ is reproduced by kind permission of TuckDB Postcards.
  • Vol 166 (2017)
    This volume of our Journal was produced by our new editor, Bertie Dockerill, it includes the HSLC Master’s Dissertation Prizewinner for 2016 together with a variety of articles, mostly covering topics from modern Lancashire history

Forthcoming Events

  • Discovering Coccium: an Archaeological Account of Roman Wigan 
    March 9, 2021
    16 June 2021, 2pm.       Ian Miller, Lead Archaeologist, Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford.      Iter X of the Antonine Itinerary, essentially a road map of the Roman Empire produced in the 2nd / 3rd century, traces a route of 150 Roman miles from Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast to Whitchurch in Shropshire. The route passes through seven named locations, including a station referred to as Coccium that lay 20 Roman miles from Ribchester and 17 miles from Manchester, but its precise location has been a topic of debate for generations. Chance finds of Roman artefacts were discovered in various locations across Wigan town centre during the 19th century, but the first archaeological evidence for Roman settlement in Wigan was not uncovered until the 1980s when the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit carried out excavations at The Wiend. Some 20 years later, excavations along Millgate by Oxford Archaeology North revealed the remarkable remains of a Roman bath house, adding considerable weight to the suggestion that Wigan did indeed originate as Coccium. Further compelling evidence was recovered from another excavation by Oxford Archaeology North in 2008, which revisited the site of GMAUs excavations at The Wiend. This talk draws the key results from these excavations together to present the current understanding of Wigan’s fascinating Roman past.Book your free place via Eventbite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148089338197 
  • Blitzed: Liverpool Lives - stories from the exhibition
    April 16, 2021
    15 September 2021, 2pm. Kay Jones, Lead Curator of Urban Community History, Museum of Liverpool.      Book your free ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148090487635
  • History & development of municipal parks in Manchester and Salford
    April 16, 2021
    20 October 2021, 2pm. Sam Heyes, University of Salford.      Book your free ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148091083417

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