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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.

Bob – Captain Samuel Sandys

A Historical Timeline and References about Captain Samuel Sandys

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.

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.

Jilly – Port Stories and Me: Deaf History & Audiences

Sign language was not a formalised discreet language and few ordinary people were educated. How would a Deaf person have communicated with their family? After a trip to Preston archives, finding little documented evidence for Deaf culture it prompted me to ‘imagine’ this life.

Jilly Sumsion

Jilly – Lost from Sight

Reflections on Deaf History in C18th Lancaster.

Shane – The Big Game Hunter

I first got involved with Port Stories because of the flyer. On it is an 18th century painting of a view of Lancaster. On the right hand side of the painting is a huge hull of a ship.

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.

Shane – An Artist’s Contract

Embodying the mind and spirit of Julius Caesar Ibbetson.

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.

Emma Chandler

Emma – Port Stories and Me

As my contribution towards the Port Stories project, I researched a relatively unknown charitable educational institution, called the Lancaster Girls’ Charity School.

Emma Chandler

Emma – Lancaster Girl’s School

Emma Chandler explores the life of a young woman in C18th Lancaster.

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.

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  • The Dukes
  • Lancashire County Council
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Lancaster University
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Lancaster Arts City First Friday
  • Global Link
  • Arts Council England