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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 – 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.

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 – 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.

Jilly Sumsion

Jilly – Lost from Sight

Reflections on Deaf History in C18th Lancaster.

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 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zylpha – Handmade in Lancaster: the Animation

Handmade in Lancaster - Animation by Christopher Blower. Words and narration by Zylpha Thomson.

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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