Halton's Heritage Newsletter - Spring 2016 - Reminder
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Still time to catch-up on the latest heritage news from Halton!

Join the Canalival...Fun for all the family!

What's a 'Canalival' we hear you say? Well on Saturday 4th June, the Halton Heritage Partnership in association with The Suitcase Ensemble and Halton Young People's Theatre will show you!

This day-long event starting at 10:30am, will take place at Hazlehurst Studios' Old town Bloom garden, The Brindley and on-board Ada, wide beam boat, which will be moored on the Bridgewater Canal by The Brindley. The day includes family-friendly activities of seed-planting, face painting and craft-based fun... a little bit of something for everyone to get involved with, with a veritable jamboree of performance, storytelling and music!

Other highlights include:
  • A theatrical re-imagining of the lives of canal workers and dwellers by Halton Young People's Theatre / 1:30pm / The Brindley Cafe Terrace
  • A series of street performances / 2:30pm onwards / Towpath and Terrace
  • A heritage talk and walk by Richard Andrews on the Sprinch boatyard and other buildings / 3:00pm / Meet at The Brindley
Join us between 10:30am and 4:00pm for heritage-based shenanigans and follow the signage to the different activities. If the weather's good, then why not bring a picnic?


Vocation, Vocation, Vocation!
Working lives retold through theatre

Who said work was boring? It certainly isn't when Halton Young People's Theatre brings the stories of workers from Halton - past and present - to life with their quirky performances.

In the latest of a series of creative retellings of working lives, Halton Young People’s Theatre performed Charlie’s Ushers as a curtain-raiser to Lip Service’s The Hysterical Historical Show at The Brindley earlier this month.

This short off-beat, comedy performance looked at the secret lives of a group of fictional Ushers, who with the aid of carefully ironed uniforms, winning smiles and a secret stash of marshmallows, fed the hungry, defeated tyranny and gave a voice to those without one. Not your average day’s work then?

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Revamping our website!
The Halton Heritage Partnership and some fabulous volunteers got their tech on a few weeks ago to run a user testing session on their current website.
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Catch the bus into Halton's past!
Join Halton Young People’s Theatre on a magical mystery tour through the streets of Runcorn and Widnes, capturing a glimpse into the nooks and crannies of people’s untold dreams.
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People of the Priory
Norton Priory has a temporary exhibition of portraits, artefacts and film at The Brindley from 27th February to 16th April 2016, that explores the many people who have shaped Norton Priory over its 900 year history.
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Uncovering Daresbury's Heritage
The Daresbury District Heritage Group has been uncovering lots of interesting facts, stories and artifacts from the district and they want you to get involved too!
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Relaying History at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
Restoration work has started to re-instate the Victorian tiles in the floor of the medieval undercroft range at Norton Priory, as part of an exciting Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment project.
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Children make Creative Connections with Local History
An arts project for Halton primary schools is tapping into the heritage of Halton’s bridges and the construction of the new Mersey Gateway.
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Morphany Hall: The rich history of a vanished estate

This fine building no longer exists, but the Morphany estate has a very long history. The first record dates from 1285, when an agreement was made between William de Morthwayt and his father-in-law, Hugh de De- risburi, promising to provide him with board, clothing and lodging for life. Find out more here.


Sue Lancaster - Daresbury District Heritage Group
Hello!  I’m Sue Lancaster and a member of the Daresbury District Heritage Group.  I have to admit to having hated history at school and gave it up as soon as I could, mainly because I was terrified of the history teacher.  But I have a good friend who is passionate about family history and he inspired me to research my own family’s story, but warned me to be prepared for anything…..and I found that my husband’s grandfather was a bigamist twice over…..and that we have a champion fell runner in the family!
Then, a few years ago, there was talk in the village of looking into its history and I was hooked.  In 2014, Rev David Felix invited me to a meeting to discuss the commemoration of all the men from the parish of Daresbury who killed in WW1. From there, our heritage group was formed and we successfully applied for Heritage Lottery Funding to tell the stories of all the men from the parish who served in WW1 and the villages and families they left behind.  We are also very interested in the whole history of the parish - over 1000 years of it. You can find out more about the Daresbury District Heritage Group here.



Session take place every Tuesday during term time from 5:30 - 7:30pm
The Studio, Windes / £4 per session

Drop us an email, or get in touch on our social media for more information!
Between Dreams
Saturday 9th April 2016
Theatrical bus tour that brings heritage to life!
1pm and 6pm.
The Brindley, Runcorn.
FREE tickets. £1 booking fee.

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The Towers Estate & Science Discoveries
Friday 6th May, 7:30pm
Runcorn District Historical Society, St John's Church, Weston Lane, Weston Village, WA7 4LY. £2 for visitors.
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Talk on William Gordon Brough
Friday 1st April, 7:30pm
Runcorn District Historical Society, St John's Church, Weston Lane, Weston Village, WA7 4LY. £2 for visitors.

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Barnes Wallace Talk
Friday 13th May
Delivered by M. Murphy for the Widnes Historical Society. 7:30pm @ Farnworth C of E Primary School, Pit Lane, Widnes. £3 for non-members.
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History Talk
Friday 22nd April
Delivered by Brian Halliwell for the Widnes Historical Society.
7:30pm @ Farnworth C of E Primary School, Pit Lane, Widnes. £3 for non-members.
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Speed-dating: A Radiocarbon Revolution
Monday 13th June
Talk by Tom Fildes about QMS radio carbon date.
7pm @ Norton Priory.

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