Since the publication of the first volume of Transactions in 1849, over 160 editions of our journal have been published

This represents a considerable and influential body of scholarly material on the history of the two counties. Some of the articles published in the nineteenth-century volumes now constitute primary sources for certain aspects of the history of Lancashire and Cheshire.

All volumes of the journal from volume 1 issued in 1849 for the 1848-49 session up to and including volume 161 for 2012 have been digitised, and can be browsed below, or searched from this page. Volumes from 158 on are available to HSLC members via the Liverpool University Press website.

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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.
  • Vol 169 (2020)
    This year's volume offers a wealth and breadth of subjects and periods with transport, housing and civil politics, particularly in Liverpool, being the dominant themes. It also offers a contrast of places visited - from Speke Hall to a Cheshire residential street. In the aftermath of 2019's commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre there is a detailed look at the role the military played while the opening article explores hot air-ballooning in the late eighteenth century.
  • 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
  • Vol 165 (2016)
    This volume was edited for us on this occasion by Alan Crosby and articles cover the history of both counties from late medieval to modern times
  • Vol 164 (2015)
    This cover image from the volume is of Baffler's Ford on the River Lune
  • Runcorn Transporter Bridge
    The bridge was completed in 1905, and crossed the river Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal linking the towns of Runcorn and Widnes; image reproduced with permission of Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
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