Lancashire’s Hidden Histories

Garstang Historical Society

The stories behind some of the most exciting historical and archaeological discoveries in Lancashire are to be told to members and supporters of Garstang Historical Society at the first meeting of their new season.
The group resumes its monthly lectures on Wednesday, September 9, with an illustrated talk on “Lancashire’s Hidden Histories” by the county’s museums conservation manager Heather Davies.
Among the finds she will talk about is the Silverdale Viking hoard, a collection of treasures discovered by a metal detector enthusiast buried in a field at Silverdale in 2011.
The hoard included included 200 items, including beautifully crafted jewellery together with coins from several Viking kingdoms of Britain, from Europe and even Arabia.

Also included were 141 fragments of arm-rings and ingots which had been chopped into smaller pieces used by the Vikings as money.
The society’s monthly lectures are being held on the second Wednesday of the month at Garstang United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. For more information visit the society’s website
Other topics for lectures during the society’s 2015/16 programme include the history of Lancashire’s countryside (October 14), The Jacobite invasion of 1715 and the Battle of Preston (November 11), Lake District village architecture (December 9), The latest research into Roman Roads in Lancashire (January 13. 2016)), Aspects of Lancaster’s Maritime History and the port’s links with the West Indies (February 10, 2016), Tales of a Lancashire dialect speaker and singer (March 9), and The Magna Carta and the North of England (April 13).

* For more information contact Peter Burrell on 01995 603359 (after 6pm).