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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.

Emma Chandler

Emma – Lancaster Girl’s School

Emma Chandler explores the life of a young woman 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.

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.

Paula – Cape Coast Castle & Far Beyond

Cape Coast Castle was originally built by the Portuguese in the 15th century as a trading lodge to trade mainly in gold, which was plentiful in this part of Ghana. In 1653, it was taken over by Sweden’s conquest of Cape Coast, and a more permanent wooden fortress was built by the Swedish Africa Company for trade in gold and timber. Over time the fortress passed through the hands of the Danes and the Dutch before being conquered by the British in 1664, by which time the building had been reconstructed in stone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jilly Sumsion

Jilly – Lost from Sight

Reflections on Deaf History in C18th 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.

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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