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Audio Dramas

Port Stories Locational Audio Dramas from James Harker and May Sumwanyambe.
Film

Documentary

Port Stories Documentary from film-maker Jonny Randall.
Book

Education Pack

Key Stage 3 History Education Pack from Karen Merrifield at Innovate Educate with support from Central High School.
Painting

Community

Research and Creative Responses from the Port Stories Community Group.

Participating Artists

From November 2016 to March 2017, a group of 9 Community Artists worked alongside The Dukes to explore and respond to C18th Lancaster, the Port and its rich heritage. Lino-Cut Portraits by Rebecca Willmott.

Zylpha Thompson

Zylpha – Handmade in Lancaster: the Text

Gillows of Lancaster, later known as Waring and Gillows, were furniture manufacturers. The firm started in the early 1700’s and finally closed in 1962 and for over 250 years they created furniture of outstanding quality, examples of which are still around today.

Paula Ashworth

Paula – Port Stories and Me

Due to my half Caribbean background, and having lived in Ghana in West Africa for three years, during which, I visited a couple of the slave forts along its coastline, I had a personal interest in finding out more about Lancaster's involvement in slavery during the 18th century.

Bob Ashworth

Bob – The Slave Rebellion (Audio Drama)

The Slave Rebellion. Written by Bob Ashworth, performed by Phil Chandler, directed by Alex Summers and produced by Karen Lauke at Naked Productions.

Bob – Port Stories and Me

The Port Stories project has been a wonderful experience. I have learned an immense amount about the rich and varied history of Lancaster and got to meet with some wonderful people as part of the process.

Jilly Sumsion

Jilly – Lost from Sight

Reflections on Deaf History in C18th Lancaster.

Paula – A Letter to James

Dear James

I have just been looking through a box of old photos and came across the one of you when you were about 5 years old. The one where you are sitting on an old canon outside Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. At the time you would not have known that this place is part of your heritage.

Emma – The Story of Ellen Preston

Dear Miss Townson,

I wish to inform you that I have succeed in gaining a position with one of the most respectable families in Lancaster.

Zylpha Thompson

Zylpha – Port Stories and Me

I saw the invitation to become involved with Port Stories on the Regional Heritage e-newsletter and it suggested that participants would be creatively exploring the history of Lancaster. As a volunteer at Lancashire Archives and a member of the U3A it seemed like an attractive proposition.

Juliette Chandler

Juliette – Port Stories and Me

I was fascinated by the stories behind some of the ships, most of all where they got their names.

Phil Chandler

Phil – Port Stories and Me: The Happy Accident

It has been one of those happy accidents that life sometimes deals you.

Bob – The Slave Rebellion

This fictional story of an onboard slave rebellion is based around the known history of the Lancaster Captain Samuel Sandys and the Lancaster slave ship “The Mary” in 1761. After what appears to have been a very troubled voyage, and having survived one attempted uprising, Sandys and most of his crew ended up being killed in a slave insurrection off the coast of The Gambia. This fictional story is told from the perspective of one of the few survivors of the voyage, on his return to Lancaster many months later.

Shane – the Artist’s Dilemma: Julius Ceasar Ibbetson

A contract: to paint a picture from Cable Street, Lancaster, and before the frontage of the German Sugar House.

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  • Heritage Lottery Fund
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  • Global Link
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