Monthly Meetings

          PROGRAMME    2017/18 


25th April           AGM followed by ‘Smithills Moor’ – Russell Hedley from the Woodland Trust will tell us about their plans for the estate which they purchased in 2015.

30th May            ‘Death on the Doorstep’ – In 1665 the plague ravished the Derbyshire village of Eyam. In 1832 cholera swept through the city of Manchester. This talk will compare the different approaches used by local people to overcome these deadly epidemics. John Doughty

27th June           ‘A Bolton Ramble’ – A look at the history of Bolton with Cllr. John Walsh

25th July             ‘The Crystal Palace & The Great Exhibition’ – An illustrated talk by David Hill

29th August       ‘The History of Bolton Trams’ – David Lloyd/ Derek Shepherd

26th September ‘Maps for Local History’ – A look at the use of maps in local history by Dr.Paul Hindle

31st October     ‘The Highlight of the Year: Edwardian Hiring Fairs in North-western England’ – Stephen Caunce

28th November ‘The Eddie Stobart Story’ – Sheila Dale

19thDecember ‘Traditions of Christmas and New Year from the Past’ – Norman Hindley



30th January     ‘The Pit Brow Women of the Lancashire Coalfield’ – The history of female employment in the coal mines – Alan Davies

27th February   ‘Thieves, Forgers & Luddites – Executions at Lancaster Castle in the era of the Bloody Code’. – Martin Baggoley

27th March        ‘The Mysterious Egyptians’ – mysterious pharaoh lists & strange unidentified mummies, lost structures, heretic rulers & multiple gods & more – Mark Olly

24th April           Annual General Meeting plus Speaker TBA

29th May            ‘Hidden Gems around Greater Manchester’ – On the trail of odd & unusual places, buildings, customs and people – Keith Warrender

26th June           ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie & the Manchester Rebels’ – dramatic events in 1745 when Manchester was occupied by the Rebel Jacobite Army – John Doughty.

31st July            ‘History of Family Photography’ – Steve Gill

28th August      ‘My work with BBC Radio Lancashire’ – John Clayton

25th September ‘The Boat People of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal’ – Bill Huyton