Another chance to see our November 2023 Lecture - Professor R.C. Richardson looks at the career of historian Joan Thirsk (1922-2013) who did so much to re-define what the properly contextualised study of English local history could be and could do. Although chiefly a specialist in agrarian history, her interests extended far more broadly and the lecture offers an overall assessment of her landmark status.

With an immensely productive career spanning several decades first at the University of Leicester and then at Oxford, Joan Thirsk (1922-2013) did so much to re-define what the properly contextualised study of English local history could be and do.

Chiefly a specialist in the field of agrarian history, her academic interests extended far more broadly and she made her mark in all the various subjects she addressed, among them food history, internal trade, inheritance customs, consumerism, cross-cultural contacts and the rural origins of industry. Her general editorship and part authorship of the monumental 10,000 page Agrarian History of England was her greatest achievement. This lecture offers an overall assessment of her landmark status.

Professor R.C.Richardson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Winchester and is President of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on early modern England.

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Another chance to see Dr Alan Crosby's lecture marking the 175th anniversary of our Society. While across Europe 1848 was the 'Year of Revolutions' there was no popular uprising in Lancashire and Cheshire but a quieter yet even more fundamental revolution in society, economy and landscape was taking place in the two counties. Was the founding of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire in that year perhaps a counter-reaction to this revolution?

Lecture by Dr Alan Crosby (independent historian)
Wednesday 21 June 2023

Across Europe, 1848 was ‘The Year of Revolutions’. While in Lancashire and Cheshire there was no insurrection or popular uprising, a quieter yet even more fundamental revolution in society, economy and landscape was taking place. The rapidly evolving transport infrastructure, the social reshaping resulting from large-scale migration, the demographic and physical impact of unprecedented urbanisation, the emergence of new structures of government and administration … all these and much more contributed to a world which was changing at awesome speed. The founding of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire in that year was perhaps a counter-reaction to this revolution: as the old-established frameworks of society seemed to crumble, and as the familiar sights gave way to the radically new and different, some felt a growing nostalgia for the past. The HSLC was a child of its time. In this 175th anniversary lecture we explore some aspects of that turbulent time across the two counties.

Alan Crosby MA DPhil FRHistS is an independent scholar specialising in the local and regional history of North West England. He is editor of The Local Historian, chair of the Lancashire Local History Federation, and a council member of the Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire, the Chetham Society and the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.

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Hugh Gault explores the history of everyday lives in two contrasting parts of Liverpool at the start of the twentieth century: Blackstock Street in Vauxhall and Courtenay Road in Crosby. The two streets were only six miles apart but might have been different worlds.

Lecture by Hugh Gault (independent historian)

Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 2pm at Liverpool Athenaeum,  Church Alley, Liverpool,L1 3DD
Entrance is by ticket only

Hugh Gault explores the history of everyday lives in two contrasting parts of Liverpool at the start of the twentieth century: Blackstock Street in Vauxhall and Courtenay Road in Crosby. The two streets were only six miles apart but might have been different worlds.

Based on his book 1900 Liverpool Lives, he tells the stories of the two streets and some of the people who lived and worked there. Yet there were similarities as well, one of the most striking being the importance of strong women. He will also be talking about the research journey that led him to choose these streets.

Tickets are free but early booking is advised as numbers are limited – to get your ticket go to Eventbrite

 

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Another chance to catch Dr Mike Nevell's lecture exploring the revised regional research framework for the historic environment of North West England - compiled between 2016 and 2020 - summarising over a decade of archaeological, historic landscape, and historic building research within the region.

This work was undertaken by professionals, academics, and community-based individuals and groups and represents an extensive community effort in bringing this data together.

(This lecture was first delivered online on Wednesday 22 February 2023)

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