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The Lancashire and Cheshire                
Antiquarian Society

Founded 1883

Charity Registration No 1105708

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These are the new rules  agreed at the 2017 AGM.

This is the existing constitution.


2019 marks the end of Diana Winterbotham’s term as President and we owe her grateful thanks for her leadership over the last three years, and her hard work in arranging day schools. This has been a very active three years thanks to her. We are very pleased that long-standing Council member, Geoff Higgins, is willing to take over as President.

Thanks to Steve Collins Volume 111 of the Transactions was published in 2019 and contained the usual varied range of articles and book reviews. Volume 112 is well in hand and Steve hopes to see it in print later in 2020. The whole of Volume 111, or individual articles, can be purchased in electronic format through our website (thanks to David French) - www.landcas.org.uk

Diana Winterbotham and Michael Nevell arranged a very well attended day school in Wigan  in October - Edge of Empire, Recording the Romans.  The event included expert speakers on recent developments in Roman excavations in the area, covering Ribchester, Roman Manchester, Chester, the rural hinterland and new theories relating to the location of Coccium. A walk round the archaeology of Wigan led by Ian Miller proved especially popular.

Members also enjoyed a trip to the newly opened Egyptian Gallery at Bolton Museum with a tour led by Ian Trumble, the Collections Access Officer for Egyptology and Archaeology. The impressive new displays highlight one of the most important Egyptology collections in the country.

Morris Garratt has continued his efforts to update the membership list despite illness. He has completed the list of individual members and will be starting on corporate members.

The website has continued to develop and David is investigating online payment for day schools and other events. Lawrence Gregory has started developing social media for the Society - his Facebook page has already attracted a lot of interest and led to increased bookings for the day school. Lawrence has also started a Twitter account for us.

Unfortunately we have had to move our collection of back copies of the volumes and offprints from the Salford Diocesan Archives, but the Manchester Transport Museum has very kindly offered temporary storage for the volumes. Thanks to George Turnbull for arranging this. Steve Collins has taken the offprints which are still available for sale via the website. We have given the Museum a donation of £100.

Following this move further archive material was deposited with Manchester Central Library to add to the Society’s archives already held there. Robert Stansfield has provided a summary of the catalogue of the collection - if members are interested they can contact the Secretary to consult it.

Thanks to David Lannon Council meetings are still being held in the Cloisters at Salford Cathedral and thanks to Mike Nevell and Norman Redhead rooms at Salford University have been available for public meetings.

Charles Walker remains our representative on the Manchester Area Conservation Panel and is now producing written reports which can be consulted on application to the Secretary.

As a special offer for the commemoration of Peterloo we sold copies of Volume 107 for 2011 (which contains Michael Powell’s article on some new sources for Peterloo) at a reduced price. A few copies were also taken by the Working Class Movement Library to sell to their visitors.

An article promoting the Society appeared in Volume  44 of North West Labour History.

Plans for 2020 include a full day school at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester on medieval castles in the north west to be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. We are hoping that speakers will include Sarah Cattell, Norman Redhead, Michael Nevell, Richard Nevell and a tour of Chester Castle may be included.

Alice Lock


Previous annual reports


Following the Zoom talk by Mike Nevell on Saturday 23rd January, the society is planning a series of future talks. Details will be posted here in due course.


Volume 112 has now been published, and copies are available; enquiries to stevecollins009@gmail.com. The list of contents can be found here


Unfortunately the Society has had to postpone the planned conference on medieval castles - see Events.  No other events will take place during 2020, but Volume 112 of Transactions has been published despite difficulties caused by the current restrictions.


The 2020 AGM was held by zoom meeting on Thursday 22 October. The annual report for 2019 can be consulted below.


For the first time we are able to offer either the full volume or individual articles in the Transactions to buy online in electronic format. All are listed on the Transactions  page with easy payment via Paypal.


The society now has a facebook page


New gallery re-displays world-renowned Egyptology collection

Bolton Museum's new gallery, 'Bolton's Egypt', was opened, and a Preview held, at 6 p.m. on Friday, 21 September 2018. The opening was performed by Professor Joann Fletcher and Doctor Margaret Mountford. The Gallery showcases the world-renowned Egyptology collections, their history and their collectors.     

This exciting venture, announced in the Spring of 2017 and completed on schedule was made possible through financial support from Bolton Council, Mr Edwin Davies, CBE, and DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. The Preview was sponsored by the Museum's  partners in the redevelopment, Leach Studios, Willmott Dixon and W M Dyer Electrical Contractors.

Ian Trumble, Collections Access Officer for Archaeology, Egyptology and Archaeology, has been available to give talks to interested audiences in the area on the subject of the Egyptology collections and their history, and the designs for the new Gallery. He can be contacted at ian.trumble@bolton.gov.uk or 01204 332245.


The society’s stall at the Manchester Histories Festival, June 2018