Past Forward

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The latest issue of the local history magazine is available online for free - Link

If you haven’t seen it already it’s well worth a read. Other archive editions are also available.

Started: 17th Apr 2020 at 12:44

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Not forgetting: Free eMagazine service available to all Wigan library card holders - Link

Replied: 17th Apr 2020 at 12:46

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

For something perhaps less historical - more hysterical:

@VizComic (24 Apr):
Here's your Free Viz download for this week of the carry-on: Link

Replied: 24th Apr 2020 at 11:15

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

* All Write Up North Short Story Anthology 2020 is now available online - LINK *

It includes all the stories & winning art work entered into a competition earlier this year.
The theme was ‘All Things up North’ & winners were announced at Wigan Library in February.

Congratulations to:

Ian McLoughlin - 1st place short story ‘The Woman Behind the Bar’
Natasha Tingle - runner-up short story ‘#Homeless but Still Human’
Elaine Phipps - front cover art competition winner
Graham Roberts - front cover art runner up

Anthology PDF

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 16:54

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

BWCN is a guide to local news, projects, services, groups and events.

There’s a weekly newsletter - online every Wednesday - and you can email contributions:

Links: Latest Newsletter (29th Apr) / / @borough_wide

Replied: 29th Apr 2020 at 12:54

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

A recent BWCN article - Wigan Libraries eMagazines

* You can become a Wigan libraries member online during the lockdown *

• Fill in the ‘Apply for a library card’ form - Link
• You will receive an email with a temporary membership number
• Email to request your permanent membership number
• You will then be ready to join the free eMagazine service

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Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Museum of Wigan Life - Facebook (27th Aug):
We are releasing the current edition of our popular local history magazine, Past Forward, as a free digital edition.

Download the magazine here:

Replied: 28th Aug 2020 at 08:29

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

There’s news in the magazine of an interesting competition:

Submit entries to
Or Local History Writing Competition, Past Forward,
Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, Wigan. WN1 1NU

Closing date: Tuesday 1st February 2021

Replied: 28th Aug 2020 at 08:32

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

@WiganMuseum (11th Dec):
The latest edition of Past Forward, the 'people's history' magazine is now out, and you can read it for free online here

Replied: 12th Dec 2020 at 12:08

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

@ WiganMuseum:
Good news for rainy day readers, our Local History publication Past Forward have added 65 more issues to read for FREE - Link

Replied: 21st Jan 2021 at 07:35

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

*Exciting news - Leigh Journal (12th Mar)*

Wigan Libraries are launching a new e-book service in April.

Any member of Wigan library services will be able to download the BorrowBox app to their phone or tablet and access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks free of charge.

Replied: 12th Mar 2021 at 13:23

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Latest edition of Local Life Wigan

Magazine Link / Jack’s Tracks

Replied: 13th Mar 2021 at 08:05
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Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

The latest Borough Life is out now - Link

Replied: 23rd Mar 2021 at 18:55
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More free reading

STAT is an independent arts & culture zine based in Leigh. The first issue was published in September 2020.

The first 4 digital editions can be viewed - here. / @STATmagazine / Instagram /

Replied: 26th Mar 2021 at 12:18

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Most local libraries will reopen from 12th April (limited hours) - Link

*New e-book service has launched*
You can use BorrowBox to browse, borrow & read or listen to ebooks & audio books - Link

Replied: 8th Apr 2021 at 17:24

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Local Life - Wigan - May 2021 is now out! Link

Replied: 24th Apr 2021 at 14:30

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Past Forward, Issue 87 is out now!

Past Forward, Issue 87 / Online Archive


Replied: 27th Apr 2021 at 11:43

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Local Life - Wigan - June 2021 is out now! Link

Replied: 19th May 2021 at 13:56

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Issue 05 of STAT is now out & free to read - here

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Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Local Life - Wigan - July 2021 is out now: Yumpu

Replied: 24th Jun 2021 at 15:01

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

The latest Past Forward is now on sale at Leigh Town Hall & Waterstones in Wigan (£2).


You can also subscribe for a year (3 issues) - £6 plus P&P - Link

Replied: 19th Aug 2021 at 18:01

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Local Life - Wigan - Sep 2021 is out now: Yumpu

See p.37-40 for an article about Past Forward which was launched 30 years ago!

Replied: 19th Aug 2021 at 18:04

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

The sixth issue of STAT is now out & free to read - here

Replied: 19th Aug 2021 at 18:04

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Local Life - Wigan - Oct 2021 is out now: Yumpu

It includes two local history articles by Nicola Gray:
p.28 The Beecham’s Brush-Off
p.70 Hindley’s Bad Boy (Richard Pennington)

Replied: 1st Oct 2021 at 09:50

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Local Life - Wigan - Nov 21 is out now: Link

It includes the chance to win a Lancashire Day hamper - which is celebrated on 27th Nov.

Replied: 30th Oct 2021 at 23:59

Posted by: jo anne (33953) 

Past Forward Essay Competition 2022

If there’s a local history topic you’d love to see feature in Past Forward, why not take part in the Barbara O'Neill Writing Competition?

Competition prizes:
1st - £100, 2nd - £75, 3rd - £50
Five runners-up prizes of £25

Closing date: Sat 15th Jan 2022

More info:

Replied: 18th Nov 2021 at 12:01


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