The Harkness Collection

Saturday, 21 October 2023.

The UCLan History Team, in collaboration with the Lancashire Archives and the Harris Museum, invites you to a day conference celebrating the digitisation of the Harkness Collection at Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston PR1 2RE.

John Harkness was arguably the most significant printer of broadsides and ballads in Victorian Britain. From his base in Preston, his work reached audiences worldwide. Now, for the first time, the collection of his work compiled in Preston will be digitally accessible to the public.

This study day will delve into the significance of broadsides and ballads in history and explore how historians can utilize them in their research. Additionally, we will discuss the life and work of John Harkness. As part of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to view some of the original Harkness materials and tour the archives. Light refreshments will be available and we encourage donations to the Friends of the Lancashire Archives.

Speakers include:

  • Gregg Butler and Tom Walsh (The Old Lamb and Flag & Strawhead)
  • Dr Alan Crosby
  • Professor Brian Maidment

This event is FREE but booking is required as places are very limited.

Attendance is free although we again encourage donations to the Friends of the Lancashire Archives:

Limited parking is available at the Archives – alternative parking can be found on Arthur Street weekend car parks.

For further information, contact Dr Jack Southern:

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