On Sunday 14 April 2019, several of the Pendle Radicals Research Team attended a fundraising event for the Working Class Movement Library at Salford University. The team have been regular visitors to WCML since the project started for talks and seminars, but also to research their archives, it has been an invaluable resource for us and we were glad to have the opportunity to support it. (Personally, I’ll also never need much persuading to go to anything that Maxine Peake is involved in!)
Posted onApril 4, 2019|Comments Off on The Battle of Heptonstall (via the Radical Echo)
Nick Burton, a member of the Pendle Radicals volunteer research team, tells us about a Radical experience for the volunteers in Heptonstall…
On Saturday 2nd March, a group of Pendle Radicals
volunteers ventured out on a stormy night over the border to Pennine
Yorkshire. It was as if the weather was stage managed, since the evening
was to be spent watching a play where there was an actual storm
brewing. This was a political and human storm in the shape of the
English Civil War. Huddled in an atmospherically lit, draughty hilltop
church we were treated to a dramatic retelling of The Battle of Heptonstall, an event that tore the West Riding village asunder in the autumn of 1643.
Faye catches us up on what some of the Pendle Radicals Research Team have been up to…
One thing we’ve realised while researching some of the more politically engaged Pendle Radicals,
such as women’s suffrage and workers’ rights advocate Selina Cooper, is
the power of protest and the special place in that of the visual
language of banners. So we’re delighted that as part of the Pendle Radicals programme, MPA is invited to produce a banner exhibition as part of Super Slow Way’s 2019 British Textiles Biennial.
Faye Wetherall brings you the latest on the Pendle Radicals mission to tell the world about Ethel Carnie Holdsworth…
Last week we had yet another successful Ethel Carnie inspired tea party, thanks to great company and, of course, great cake! Ethel Carnie Holdsworth is just one of an extraordinary cast of characters that Pendle Radicals aims to explore. She was the first working class woman in Britain to publish a novel and, despite juggling being a wife and mother, she was a remarkable poet and social activist.
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.
Posted onDecember 10, 2018|Comments Off on A fruitful encounter… (via the Radical Echo)
Janet Swan tells of a fruitful encounter between the volunteer Radicals’ Research Team and a knowledgeableguest…
On the 20th November a group of us who have been researching the life of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth as part of the Pendle Radicals Project, met together to look more closely at her poetry and to meet with a very knowledgeable guest.