Tag Archives: Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Ethel on International Women’s Day (via the Rebel Pen Club)

A Week in Lancashire Part Two

PhD researcher and Radicals collaborator Jenny Harper had a very busy week on her first study visit to Lancashire.  It started with a delve into some precious public collections, which you can read about HERE, followed by a rather special ride on a charabanc!

My packed week of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth-related activities continued with a ride on a charabanc (vintage bus) arranged by cultural partner Mid Pennine Arts through its Pendle Radicals project. PhD work isn’t just about archival research, it also involves connecting with a wider research community, and learning from existing experts in the field. The charabanc event was a great opportunity to do this. The tour marked International Women’s Day on March 8th and was a day-long celebration of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth’s work and life, including visits to many of the locations across East Lancashire (and a bit of Yorkshire), that were of importance to her.

Read more on the Pendle Radicals, Rebel Pen Club blog.

Ethel and the Archives (via the Rebel Pen Club)

A Week in Lancashire Part One

PhD researcher and Radicals collaborator Jenny Harper had a very busy week on her first study visit to Lancashire.  It started with a delve into some precious public collections.

As part of a packed week of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth-related activities, I ventured deep into the library archives of Manchester and Bolton. In carrying out my six-year PhD project on Ethel, I’m always seeking to dig deeper, to find out where new connections can be made, and to thus bring Ethel into sharper focus.

Read more about Jenny’s visits to the John Rylands Library, Working Class Movement Library and Bolton History Centre in our Pendle Radicals blog.

Weaving a Way Back to Ethel (via the Rebel Pen Club)

The latest turn in our collective exploration of the great Ethel Carnie takes MPA and Pendle Radicals into uncharted territory.  We embark on that rare thing – a collaborative doctorate, with MPA as the non-academic partner – and we welcome the new PhD candidate who was awarded the opportunity.  Jenny Harper introduces herself and the personal history that ties her to the mill working milieu that Ethel writes so powerfully about in the latest Pendle Radicals blog.


My grandfather Neville Hartley worked all his life in the Jimmy Nelson Cotton Mill in the town of Nelson, starting in 1930 at 14 as a half-timer, and taking early retirement at the age of 62. Apart from occasional holidays, his only real break from the mill came when he served in the Manchester Regiment during WW2 (pictured). He saw huge changes in that time.

Click HERE to visit the Rebel Pen Club page to read the rest of Jenny’s blog.


Rhythm of the Looms (via the Rebel Pen Club)

In this blog we hear from the team commissioned to create our first podcast series for Pendle Radicals. Over the past two years they, plus the Pendle Radicals volunteers and the Clarion Choir, have worked with us on a series of sharing events based around Ethel Carnie Holdsworth’s life and works. All the research was intended for a final performance piece, which may still happen in the future, but wasn’t possible in 2020. However, that gave us the opportunity to concentrate on our long held ambition to create some original audio, and so the podcast idea was born! It was a new adventure for them too, so what did Jules, Liz and Scott make of the experience…

Read the full blog on the Rebel Pen Club site.

Finished!

A Podcast and a PhD (via the Rebel Pen Club)

It is two years now since our Pendle Radicals team embarked on an enquiry into the singular life and work of the extraordinary Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.  Now we can tell you about two exciting developments in swift succession, which give a wonderful new impetus to our ongoing research into Ethel.

Read about the fully funded collaborative doctorate, now being advertised, the PhD is entitled ‘Songs of a Factory Girl: Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and radical working-class women’s writing’.  

Also find out about our partnership with the BBC Novels project, Lancashire Library Service and Libraries Connected (a national body that aims to maximise the offer from libraries), on creating a podcast about Ethel.

You can read about both in the latest blog on the Radicals’ Rebel Pen Club site.