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 October, November and December meetings at least we will be holding them in the Hallfold URC schoolroom as it has a far greater capacity than the museum and we should be able to provide a 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

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 'VICTORIANS WHO INFLUENCED OUR LIVES' by Ann Clark

'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 2nd of March 2022 'A STUDY OF BELLE VUE' by Frank Rhodes & Brian Selby

You may be surprised to learn that the history of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens goes back to 1836 and at its peak attracted over two million visitors each year. In more recent times many will remember its amusement park, greyhound racing, motorcycle speedway and its famous circus. Frank and Brian remind us of the popularity of this once thriving attraction which was (almost) on our doorstep.
Wednesday 6th of April 2022 'HENRY VIII AND HIS SIX WIVES' by Rev Canon Fleur Green

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

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

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.

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