Posted onDecember 11, 2019|Comments Off on Sick of Being Normal (via the Rebel Pen Club)
Boff Whalley brought the brilliantly subversive Commoners Choir to Brierfield Mill for a very special Banner Culture Sunday. Now this erstwhile stalwart of Chimp Eats Banana and Chumbawamba joins two collaborators in a brand new project for Pendle Radicals. Together they look back to a time of creative ferment around the Pendle Hill area. We can’t wait…
Pendle Punk 40 Years On
Three of us – myself, Sage and Casey Orr – have spent the last few months talking to various people from all over England whose lives were changed by being part of the punk community in and around the Pendle Hill / East Lancashire area in the late 1970s. We’ve set a date for an exhibition and event in Colne in early February (more details soon) and it looks like the exhibition, publication and various discussions will carry on after the opening, over in That 0282 Place in Burnley Central Library. Here’s the background to the project…
Posted onDecember 3, 2019|Comments Off on Writing with a Mission (via the Rebel Pen Club)
Our Radicals research team have been electrified by the story of the great Ethel Carnie. Project leader Janet Swan considers Ethel’s brief time in London, and how we are now inspired to rename the Pendle Radicals blog in her honour…
Writing with a Mission – One We Can Continue?
Thanks to Pendle Radicals, I have learnt about the amazing Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. I have also had the opportunity to become involved in groups reading her work, and work with song writers who have taken her poems and turned them into songs. When the personal stories start to flow* as a result of this further work, it makes me feel glad that we may be continuing something that was very important to Ethel.
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 onMay 29, 2019|Comments Off on A Triumphant Research Trip! (via The Radical Echo)
Pendle Radicals volunteer Irene Vince tells us about a recent trip to the Peace Museum, Bradford…
Recently I took a trip to the Peace Museum in Bradford with Faye and Nick from MPA as well as Steph Heaps and Jackie Jones from Super Slow Way. We were going to look at their banner collection for suitable contributions for our upcoming banner exhibition which will feature as part of the British Textiles Biennial in October this year. The museum is on Piece Hall Yard in a fine old Victorian building near the Town Hall. We were enthusiastically greeted by the curator Charlotte Hall. After a quick tour of the museum, somewhere I fully intend to revisit as I barely had chance to take much in, she took us into the office and let us browse their digital catalogue of banners.
Posted onMay 23, 2019|Comments Off on Pendle Radicals Gather at Black Stone Edge… (via The Radical Echo)
Remembering the Chartists…
It has been a busy few months for our Pendle Radical volunteers. Recently Bob Sproule and Barbara Sanders attended this years Blackstone Edge Gathering. You can find out more about that and how the attendees at the Gathering heard about Pendle Radicals below…
Bob Sproule: The Blackstone Edge Gathering is a
long standing event which celebrates Chartism, a political movement
which flourished in Britain during the early to mid 19th Century. One of
its aims was to create a better standard of living for working people,
especially those that experienced both hard working and living
The event therefore pays tribute to individuals such as Ernest Jones who was a leader of the chartist movement in the 1840s.
Posted onMay 16, 2019|Comments Off on The Limersgate Pamphlet (via SVR)
Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, David Chatton Barker, has been exploring part of the ancient highway, pre-dating medieval time, running between Rochdale and Clitheroe. He walked from Bull Brow in Rochdale centre to Hades Hill, above Shawforth. From the birthplace of the Co-operative movement to a Prehistoric Barrow, the contents of which included an urn containing the burnt bone fragments of a woman, along with her tools and talismans. The trackway passes many interesting sites, joining the dots of a well worn route by foot and hoof over many many centuries.
The walk was around 6 miles in length and took 5 hours due to conversations, documentation and lunch. The journey was photographed, filmed and audio recorded.