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 157 for 2008 have been digitised, and can be browsed below, or searched from this page.

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  • 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
  • Vol 163 (2014)
    The articles in this volume once again cover a wide range of geographical areas and time periods
  • Vol 162 (2013)
    This sketch of Bebington church in the 14th century comes from volume 49 of our Transactions for 1897
  • Burdett's 1777 Survey
    'A Survey of the County Palatine of Chester by P P Burdett, 1777' reprinted in facsimile with an introduction by J B Harley and P Laxton, occasional series volume 1, published in 1974
  • African Slave Trade
    'Liverpool, the African Slave Trade and Abolition' edited by Roger Anstey and P E H Hair, occasional series volume 2, enlarged edition published in 1989
  • Mandate of John Till
    Mandate of John Till, Prior Provincial of the Order of Dominicans in England, in favour of William, Prior of Cartmel, promising prayers for William on his deathbed and, on his death, prayers for his soul, 15 August 1418. From the Hulton archive: DDHU53/3. Reproduced with permission of Lancashire Archives.
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