History Live   

History Live is the Hollinsclough-based local history group which meets once a month and welcomes guest speakers covering a wide range of topics. Please see this season's programme below.

All meetings start at 7.30 on the first Wednesday in the month at Hollinsclough Chapel Hall.

Membership costs £5/yr, entitling members to £1 discount on each meeting. Non members pay £2.50/meeting including refreshments.

We welcome everyone to these lively and enjoyable occasions. Become a member and join us regularly or just come occasionally to the subjects that interest you most. It’s entirely up to you. We are a very friendly group and enjoy a chat and refreshments, including our famous cakes.

Contact Victoria on 01298 83721 for more details


Programme 2013/14

Starting the new season at History Live :-


Wednesday 4th September   

Hidden Lives - Leek’s Victorian Needlewomen

Cathryn Walton’s new talk illustrates the fascinating life and times of Lady Elizabeth Wardle’s Victorian needlewomen.


Wednesday 2nd October  

The Story of the Macclesfield Canal

Tony Bonson with the planning, building and use of the canal from inception to current times.


Wednesday 6th  November.

Courtney Brocklehurst - the Other Brother

Alan Weeks will tell us about the younger brother of Sir Philip - Cavalry Officer in WW1, in Burma in WW2, then a Game Warden in Sudan. The talk includes a number of photographs taken by Courtney.




Wednesday 4th December

The Victorians & the Christmas Season

Danny Wells with how and why the Victorians repackaged and reinvigorated Christmas.


Wednesday 5th February

The History of Blue John Stone

An illustrated talk by Ellen Outram on the story of this unique fluorspar; the jewellery, ornaments and antiques.



Wednesday 5th March 

What the Papers Said

Victoria Rowe & Lynda Bricklebank take a romp through the pages of our local newspapers from 1731 to recent times.


Wednesday 2nd  April 

The Role of the Manor Courts

Nigel Tringham describing the preservation of the rights & income of the lord & the regulation of relations between tenants. 


Wednesday 30th April

Right to Roam: Kinderscout and the Myth of the Mass Trespass

David Hey gives a controversial talk debunking the 1932 Mass Trespass as a one-off Communist Party stunt.

N.B. This meeting is one week earlier than usual.


Chairman - Victoria 01298 83721

Vice Chairman - Margaret 01538 398491

Treasurer - Dave 01538 300189

Publicity - Lynda 01298 83541


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