Celebrating May’s Local and Community History Month

North Lancashire’s proud heritage will be celebrated during Local and Community History Month this May.

Many members of the local Heritage Network will be taking part in this special month to increase awareness of local history and encourage communities to participate in activities and events in person or online.

The Network’s members include museums, historic buildings and voluntary heritage organisations many of which have adapted to lockdown restrictions during the pandemic by moving their talks, exhibitions and other activities online.

Fortunately, this May sees many Network members opening their doors and events to the public once again.


To mark Local and Community History Month, a Community Museum afternoon on Facebook took place on May 11: https://www.facebook.com/lancastercitymuseum

A similar event last year proved popular as people shared their finds, treasures, historic objects and collections with others.


This Lancaster Banking Company note and these bottles were among items sent to Lancaster City Museum 2020 digital Community Museum event.



It’s hoped that Global Link’s Learning from the Past exhibition, exploring the international peace movement after World War One, will be staged at the City Museum from July 16 but until then, it can be viewed at: learningfromthepast.net.


Turner prize winning artist Lubaina Himid’s intimate and emotional exhibition, Memorial to Zong, is at the Lancaster Maritime Museum until September 2021.


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Lubaina Himid’s Memorial to Zong, 1991. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo by Andy Keate.


This powerful re-interpretation of the history and brutality of the slave trade remembers the Zong Massacre which happened as an overloaded slave ship crossed the Atlantic in 1781. It’s available to view online while plans are made for the museum’s reopening.

May will see the Museum’s History Detectives Club for children looking at how Lancaster-born Richard Owen established the Natural History Museum.



The Judges’ Lodgings is planning to re-open on May 21 with a new Breastfeeding Room and Chill Out Room for visitors with Special Educational Needs and Disability who might need a quiet space.

Children’s backpacks can be booked from reception and there will be a free handout craft which families can use during the visit and take home with them over May half-term. Garden activities will be provided too.

The Judges Lodgings garden will be the setting for family activities from May, subject to the government roadmap plans



The volunteer-run Morecambe Heritage Centre in the Arndale Centre plans to re-open on May 18 with an exhibition celebrating the Morecambe Football Club’s centenary.


Online, the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University is staging an event on May 15 entitled Ballad and Song in the History of North West England.

The history of ballad and song in the North West is the subject of an online event run by the Regional Heritage Centre this May


To coincide with Local and Community History month and the completion of restoration work on its clock tower, Lancaster Priory has launched a fascinating short film online explaining the processes involved.


Join us for the above events (some of which may be subject to government guidelines) and celebrate the bay’s wealth of history and heritage.