This will take place at the Bar Convent, York, on Saturday, 2nd June.

Tea/coffee at 10 am with the first talk beginning at 10.30.

Fr Peter Phillips will talk on “The Recusant Clergy 1559 – 1829”

Two other speakers are yet to be arranged.

Contact the organiser, Judith Smeaton for further details.    tel. 01904 704525


Fr Peter Phillips is Archivist for the Diocese of Shrewsbury.  This is of interest to Lanky folk as it is said that in this period Lancashire produced more priests than the rest of England.

On The Water Seminar

National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, CH65 4FW

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 14th July 2018

The venue is ideal for this subject and we have assembled specialist speakers on canals, waterways, their buildings and the families who worked on them. This seminar will appeal to all family and social historians as well as one-namers. Read more  HERE


29th & 30th September 2018

Western Approaches HQ - 1-3  Rumford St., Liverpool L2 8SZ

A two day exhibition of local history and heritage from across Merseyside:
Lots of displays and exhibits and a full programme of guest speakers, all in the stunning secret, underground, wartime bunkers, marquees in the piazza behind the town hall and a room in Exchange Flags where talks will be given
Completely FREE to exhibit and FREE Admission for the public.

for more details contact Ken Pye


We run help desks to help in breaking down your brick walls, or locate repositories for documents that haven't been transcribed onto an internet site.

Details of those help desks can be found


Manchester Drag Ball

Leigh Library (Meeting Room) Friday 10 August 2018, 1pm, booking essential.

Limited places! £3 per ticket – all proceeds to go to the improvement of Wigan Archives and Leigh Local Studies.

Join Thomas McGrath for a fascinating talk about the Manchester Drag Ball of 1880. The talk will also look at rare archives of cross-dressing during the Victorian era in the Wigan Borough.

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