Mourholme Lecture Programme 2024-2025

Meetings are held in Yealand Village Hall, Footeran Lane, LA5 9SU  at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated
Our talks generally finish by 9 pm  

Come and join us, as a member or as a visitor.
Annual membership Single        £10
Annual membership Couple      £18
Visitors to a single meeting         £2

September 25th Crossing the Bay - Dr Bill Shannon

Until the mid 19th century, the main highway from Lancaster to Ulverston and beyond was across the sands of the Bay. Guides were employed by the monastries as an act of charity: later the Duchy of Lancaster took on the role.  In the early 19th century there was a regular coach between Ulveston and Lancaster - but the coming of the railways largely put an end to that route. 

October 19th and 20th History Weekend Gaskell Hall, Silverdale 10.30am - 4pm 

A series of stalls will be in the hall from various organisations all with an interest in history in and around the Lancashire and Cumbrian borders, additionally a series of talks  will take place all in Gaskell Hall.  Guided and self guided walks around the village will be available.  More details to follow.

October 30th Lest we forget - Caring for our wounded soldiers in World War I - Liz Howarth-Thornton

Looking at medical, nursing and convalescent services provided during World War I, as highlighted through the often tragic stories of soldiers, remebered on local war memorials and village archives. The talk will include the impact of enlistment on a village population, by comparing statistics of one local village to national available data. 

November 27th Tales of the Unexpected, oral compilation of stories from the region - Ambleside Oral History Society  

Fascinating stories from the Archives of Ambleside Oral History Group, which were unexpected gems when interviewing people in the region.

December 18th Most truly yours, Aunt Anne Geddis Gilhurst OBE - Peter and Barbara Snape 

Aunt Anne was a Lancastrian collector of folk songs and music.  Peter and Barbara will focus on the songs she collected celebrating a remarkable woman who was a pivotal figure within the folk song-collecting community in the early 20th century.

January 29th Children, School and Rural Society in late Victorian Lancashire - Keith Vernon 

By the end of the 19th century, all children were supposed to be in school, but what was education like in rural Lancashire? Drawing on log book evidence, this talk explores the experience of school life for children and their teachers in a typical village school. 

February 26th  Thomas Mawson's A Lancastrian garden designer - Brian Smith 

Silverdale has one of Thomas Mawson's designed gardens Grey Walls, but there are others in the region including Rydal Hall.  His life was remarkable and this talk will tell you about some of it and the gardens he designed locally.

March 26th Cromwell's Northern Journey 1648 - Nick Burton 

Walking in the footsteps of the New Model Army across Yorkshire and Lancashire to fight the Battle of Preston in August 1658.

April 30th The Leeds Childrens Holiday Camp Silverdale - Stephanie Davies 

The history of the Leeds Childrens Holiday Camp in Silverdale from 1904 with oral histories from children who stayed there and the staff who looked after them, including the founder of the charity; Mrs Helen Currer Briggs, the first Lady Mayoress of Leeds and her connection to the Lake District and the Arts and Crafts designer Charles Francis Amesley Voysey.

This will be preceeded by a short AGM



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