The Whitworth Heritage Museum
© Whitworth Historical Society 2022

Lectures

Our monthly programme for

2021/22

The Society have a programme of monthly lectures, which are usually held on the first Wednesday in every month, between the months of October and June, and the start time is 7.30pm. Below is a list of talks to be held during the winter of 2021/2022. Please note that for the 2021 - 22 season we are holding all of our monthly lectures at the Hallfold United Reform Church schoolroom on Hall Street as it has a far greater capacity than the museum and allows usto provide a much better socially distanced seating plan.

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

‘Gentleman Jack’ by Pat Osborne (note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) This compelling story, adapted for TV by Sally Wainwright, covers the life of Regency landowner, industrialist and diarist Anne Lister. Set in the Halifax of 1831, this real-life story follows the endeavours of Lister as she transforms the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall. Just as remarkable is her relationship with would be wife Ann Walker.

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

‘AGM FOLLOWED BY POTATO PIE SUPPER’ (note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) The AGM is open to members and non members alike and is an opportunity for us to review the year's performance and what we have in mind for the future. Delicious potato pie supper to round off the evening!

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

‘Lowry’s Manchester’

by John Alker

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) John gives us an insight into the streets, mills and lives of the people of Manchester and its surrounding towns which inspired the unique style and interpretation of renowned artist L S Lowry.

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

‘UNDERSTANDING YOUR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS’

by Stephen Gill

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) Many of us have a collection of family photographs tucked away somewhere in the house but all too often; relatives and friends pictured are not identified. Another difficulty can be the actual condition of a photograph, particularly if it has been frequently and none too sympathetically handled. Stephen helps us identify our old photographs and suggests ways of ensuring they will not deteriorate further.

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

‘SCANDALS IN THE VICTORIAN ERA'

by Lavinia Todd

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) This talk covers the life of Edith Nesbitt, the author of the Railway Children.

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

‘‘VICTORIANS WHO INFLUENCED OUR LIVES'

by Ann Clark

(note: - this will be held at the URC schoolroom) Almost 120 years have elapsed since the death of Queen Victoria but many of the achievements gained in engineering, manufacturing, medicine and commerce of the Victorian age remain as a legacy even today. Ann takes a look at those legacies which continue to influence our thinking and lives.any Almost 120 years have elapsed since the death of Queen Victoria but many of the achievements gained in engineering, manufacturing, medicine and commerce of the Victorian age remain as a legacy even today. Ann takes a look at those legacies which continue to influence our thinking and lives.

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

‘HENRY VIII & HIS SIX WIVES'

by Rev Canon Fleur Green

(note: - this will be held at the URC schoolroom) Despite his many achievements, among which were the formation of the first 'standing' navy (Royal Navy) and the regulation of the medical profession, King Henry VIII is probably best remembered for the linked issues of his break with the church of Rome and his having six wives. The wives are the subject of this talk by the Rev Green.

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

‘East Lancashire Railway'

by David Wright

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) Few things give as much pleasure and stir feelings of nostalgia than the sight of a steam engine pulling a train through the British countryside. Fortunately, we have such a railway in nearby Rawtenstall. This talk has its focus on the history and development of the ELR.

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

‘Padiham - Then & Now'

by Ann & Bob Clark

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) Like many of our towns and villages, Padiham has seen many changes over the years. Residents Ann and Bob have made a study of the changes in their town.
Whitworth Museum
© Whitworth Historical Society 2022

Lectures

Our monthly programme

for 2021/22

The Society have a programme of monthly lectures, which are usually held on the first Wednesday in every month, between the months of October and June, and the start time is 7.30pm. Below is a list of talks to be held during the winter of 2021/2022. Please note that for the 2021 - 22 season we are holding all of our monthly lectures at the Hallfold United Reform Church schoolroom on Hall Street as it has a far greater capacity than the museum and allows usto provide a much better socially distanced seating plan.

Wednesday 6th of October

2021

‘Gentleman Jack’ by Pat Osborne (note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) This compelling story, adapted for TV by Sally Wainwright, covers the life of Regency landowner, industrialist and diarist Anne Lister. Set in the Halifax of 1831, this real-life story follows the endeavours of Lister as she transforms the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall. Just as remarkable is her relationship with would be wife Ann Walker.

Wednesday 3rd of

November 2021

‘AGM FOLLOWED BY POTATO PIE SUPPER’ (note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) The AGM is open to members and non members alike and is an opportunity for us to review the year's performance and what we have in mind for the future. Delicious potato pie supper to round off the evening!

Wednesday 1st of

December 2021

‘Lowry’s Manchester’

by John Alker

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) John gives us an insight into the streets, mills and lives of the people of Manchester and its surrounding towns which inspired the unique style and interpretation of renowned artist L S Lowry.

Wednesday 5th of January

2022

‘UNDERSTANDING YOUR FAMILY

PHOTOGRAPHS’

by Stephen Gill

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) Many of us have a collection of family photographs tucked away somewhere in the house but all too often; relatives and friends pictured are not identified. Another difficulty can be the actual condition of a photograph, particularly if it has been frequently and none too sympathetically handled. Stephen helps us identify our old photographs and suggests ways of ensuring they will not deteriorate further.

Wednesday 2nd of

February 2022

‘SCANDALS IN THE VICTORIAN ERA'

by Lavinia Todd

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) This talk covers the life of Edith Nesbitt, the author of the Railway Children.

Wednesday 2nd of March

2022

‘‘VICTORIANS WHO INFLUENCED OUR

LIVES'

by Ann Clark

(note: - this will be held at the URC schoolroom) Almost 120 years have elapsed since the death of Queen Victoria but many of the achievements gained in engineering, manufacturing, medicine and commerce of the Victorian age remain as a legacy even today. Ann takes a look at those legacies which continue to influence our thinking and lives.any Almost 120 years have elapsed since the death of Queen Victoria but many of the achievements gained in engineering, manufacturing, medicine and commerce of the Victorian age remain as a legacy even today. Ann takes a look at those legacies which continue to influence our thinking and lives.

Wednesday 6th of April

2022

‘HENRY VIII & HIS SIX WIVES'

by Rev Canon Fleur Green

(note: - this will be held at the URC schoolroom) Despite his many achievements, among which were the formation of the first 'standing' navy (Royal Navy) and the regulation of the medical profession, King Henry VIII is probably best remembered for the linked issues of his break with the church of Rome and his having six wives. The wives are the subject of this talk by the Rev Green.

Wednesday 4th of May

2022

‘East Lancashire Railway'

by David Wright

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) Few things give as much pleasure and stir feelings of nostalgia than the sight of a steam engine pulling a train through the British countryside. Fortunately, we have such a railway in nearby Rawtenstall. This talk has its focus on the history and development of the ELR.

Wednesday 1st of June

2022

‘Padiham - Then & Now'

by Ann & Bob Clark

(note: - this will be held at the Hallfold URC schoolroom) Like many of our towns and villages, Padiham has seen many changes over the years. Residents Ann and Bob have made a study of the changes in their town.