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Step into history this autumn
Wednesday 21st August, 2013

TAKE a step back in time at a series of events at The Museum of Wigan Life this autumn.

From reminiscing about World War Two to learning more about the Pit Brow Lasses of the Wigan coalfield, visitors can explore local history spanning three centuries as part of the museum’s Special Autumn Programme.

Lynda Jackson, Community History Manager at the museum, managed by leisure and culture provider WLCT, said: “These workshops and talks offer a real insight into Wigan’s past and are ideal for anyone interested in learning more about the borough’s heritage. We’ve included topics from a range of eras to make sure there’s something for everyone on the programme.”

For more details about any of the events listed below, call the museum on 01942 828 128 or email heritage@wlct.org

Coffee, Cake and Culture
Join in these interactive heritage workshops. Learn, discuss, reminiscence and enjoy a slice of cake with tea or coffee. Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 01942 828128.

  • Washday Blues, Tuesday 3 September, 10.30am-12 noon, £3

  • Superstitions and Words of Wisdom, Tuesday 10 September, 10.30am-12 noon, £3

  • Make do Milk Bars and Mini Skirts, Tuesday 15 October, 10.30am-12 noon, £3

  • The Home Front, Tuesday 22 October, 10.30am-12 noon, £3

The Pennington Family of Mill Owners
Tuesday 17 September 2013, 12 noon-1.15pm, £2.50 including tea/coffee
Discover more about the Pennington family of industrialists in local historian Norma Branagan’s illustrated talk. Find out how the Penningtons built their industrial empire around Hindley in the 18th and 19th centuries.

A Woman's Place: working wives and mothers in the textile industry
Tuesday 8 October, 12 noon-1.15pm, £2.50 including tea/coffee
Join author and historian Elizabeth Roberts for an illustrated talk about women’s experiences in the Lancashire textile industry. Did your grandmother or great-grandmother work in the cotton mills? What were their working lives like? How did they manage work and family life? Find out more about their experiences, based on oral history interviews from the early 20th century.

Pit Brow Lasses of the Wigan Coalfield
Tuesday 7 November, 12 noon- 1.15pm, £2.50 including tea/coffee
Alan Davies, author of The Pit Brow Women of the Wigan Coalfield, explores the experiences of the famous Pit Brow Lasses of the Wigan area. Hear how these women battled proposals to ban them from the mines and how their unique working wear made them famous to the great Victorian public. Alan will explore their story from the 1840s until the last Pit Brow Lassie of the Wigan Coalfield finished work in 1966.

You can follow the Museum of Wigan Life on Facebook www.facebook.com/MuseumOfWiganLife

Details of more events at the museum and across Wigan can be found at www.wlct.org

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