It’s just a nondescript one chord teenage angstism.
40 years later, and catalysed by Mid Pennine Arts (no hyphen), who were there right at the start, the idea of a celebration of the local punk scene is born. It slots neatly into Mid Pennine’s Pendle Radicalsproject. We’re close to Pendle (I have a splendid view from the ranch) and by jove we’re radical.
On Saturday 8 February 2020 we had a wonderful evening of music, photography, words and print as the Sick of Being Normal exhibition and event looked back at the punk explosion in the Pendle Hill area in 1979-80, and its legacy. It was the launch of Casey Orr’s exhibition, which was due to be at Burnley Central Library until Easter and then travel on to other venues in Pendle. Of course, Covid-19 meant that plans changed!
At that February event was Feona Hadcroft, a Master of Fine Art student at UcLAN in Preston. As part of her MA Feona wrote a review of the exhibition, which we are excited to share with you.
You can read Feona’s review, and her reflections on the legacy of that time on her and others, over on the Rebel Pen Club blog.
Posted onJanuary 10, 2020|Comments Off on Photographing the Punks (via the Rebel Pen Club)
Photographer Casey Orr, whose portraits of people involved in the Pendle punk explosion of 1979-80 will be exhibited as part of Sick of Being Normal – Pendle Punk – 40 Years On, gives an outsider’s perspective on how the physical and emotional landscape of East Lancashire played its part…
Read the full story and find out more about the event in Casey’s blog over on the Rebel Pen Club site.
Posted onNovember 25, 2019|Comments Off on Banner Culture – All Saints’ Church Walking Day Banner (via the Radical Echo)
The oldest banner in the recent Banner Culture exhibition came from All Saints’ Church in Habergham, Burnley. It was a very popular banner with visitors and we thought you would like to know more about it. Clive Spencer, who organised its loan for the exhibition and Rachel Pollitt, from Gawthorpe Hall, tell us more about this beautiful banner in the Radical Echo blog.
Posted onJanuary 16, 2019|Comments Off on Links in a Chain (via the Radical Echo)
Anne Cochrane, a member of the Pendle Radicals project volunteer Radical Research Team, shares some fascinating connections discovered during her work as a volunteer researcher and archivist…
I now have three volunteering hats, one is for Burnley Library and the Lancashire Archive, one is for the Pendle Radicals project, and the third is as unofficial keeper of the archive for Lowerhouse Cricket Club, (1862 – and counting). I can prove that all three projects are actually connected, albeit the cricket club link is a bit tenuous, so I can wear all three hats at once, I am thinking flat caps here rather than top hats.