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‘A Huge Pack of Witches’: A Witch Scare in 17th Century Lancashire
23 October | 14:00 to 15:00
Jess Nelson uses records to share the story of how a little boy telling tall tales about witches in his local community in Lancashire sparked a witch hunt, in the context of witchcraft in the Early Modern period.

Researching black history: In conversation with Black Cultural Archives and The National Archives
30 October | 14:00 to 15:00 
Rhoda Boateng (BCA) and Kevin Searle compare collections to explore the differing approaches to collecting and researching the history of race in Britain.

Rerun: ‘A Huge Pack of Witches’: A Witch Scare in 17th Century Lancashire
31 October | 10:30 to 11:30
Join us on Halloween for a rerun of Jess Nelson’s talk on a witch scare in 17th century Lancashire. Discover how a little boy telling tall tales about witches in his local community in Lancashire sparked a witch hunt, in the context of witchcraft in the Early Modern period. This is a rerun and will not include a live Q&A. 

1970: ‘We’ve only just begun’
6 November | 14:00 to 15:00
Mark Dunton takes us through the year 1970, where we kissed goodbye to the swinging sixties and entered a new era of vibrant pop culture, a Conservative government and a bizarre episode involving Bobby Moore. 

Using Discovery
10 November | 14:00 to 14:30
Learn our top tips for using our catalogue, Discovery. Within half an hour you will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research.

Records of railway workers
17 November | 14:00 to 14:30
Do you have an ancestor who worked on the railways? Would you like to find out more about their work and how to trace their employment records? Chris Heather guides you through everything you need to know to begin your research. 

Meet the Author: Rebecca Gowers: The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns
18 November | 19:30 to 20:30
Rebecca Gowers talks about the fascinating story she uncovered within her family tree – that of Harry Larkyns, an attractive cad who fell in love with the wife of noted photographer, Eadweard Muybridge. Our Collections Expert, Katherine Howells, will join Rebecca to showcase some of Muybridge’s pictures.

Meet the Author: Roger Dalrymple: Crippen
23 November | 19:30 to 20:30
110 years to the day after the execution of Dr Crippen, Roger Dalrymple will talk about how the murder caused a sensation at the time that still resonates today. Roger will draw on official records to examine the case itself and the public’s fascination with the brutal crime.

Using Discovery
8 December | 14:00 to 14:30
Learn our top tips for using our catalogue, Discovery. Within half an hour you will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research.