Dr Parkin, University of Chester, will explore the history of surnames, with a particular focus on the relationship between surname variation, surname distribution, and local dialect, using names which are common to Cheshire as examples.
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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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  • Vol 172 (2023)
    This year's volume includes seven articles and 18 book reviews. Fresh insights are offered on a wide variety of subjects with the chronology ranging from the early modern period to 1914. There is perhaps more focus on scientific matters than in recent volumes and the spatial focus is on Lancashire. Also included is a retrospective look, fifty years on, at R.C. Richardson's key text, Puritanism in North-West England, by its author.
  • Vol 171 (2022)
    This year's volume includes six articles and sixteen book reviews. Whilst a wide variety of subject matter is presented, the spatial and chronological focus of this year's articles, in comparison to those in recent editions, is Lancashire-centric and modern. The inter-disciplinary nature of Transactions is underlined by James Moore and Catherine Site's article focusing on Lancashire's pioneering impressionist painters. Also included is a retrospective look at John Walton's key text, Lancashire: a social history 1558-1939.
  • Vol 170 (2021)
    This year's volume includes ten articles and fourteen book reviews covering a broad range of time periods and geographical areas within the two historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire together with a compelling argument for placing the Battle of Brunanburh in the Wirral. In addition two research notes reflect the work of past and possibly future historians with a reflection on P. F. Clarke's seminal work, Lancashire and the New Liberalism while pupils from a Bolton Primary School look back at the experience of evacuees in World War Two.


Membership includes a regular Newsletter featuring news and information about our Society and region.

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An annual grant scheme is now available through which awards will be made to successful applicants in order to help achieve the society’s objectives.

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The Society’s reference library is housed at the Liverpool Record Office, and is available for consultation by members of the Society and the public.

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