About Port Stories

Port Stories was a partnership between The Dukes, the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University, Lancaster Arts First Fridays, Global Link, Lancashire Museums and Lancashire Archives. Running from August 2016 to April 2017, the project sought to explore, uncover and celebrate Lancaster’s rich Maritime Heritage, focusing especially on the Port througout the Georgian era.

The project was created by The Dukes and generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Dukes worked with professional historians, award-winning writers and a group of community historians and artists to build research and grow creative responses to historical material.

This website represents the culmination of that process and includes:

  • 4 Geo-Located Audio Dramas by James Harker and May Sumbwanyambe that take listeners on a detailed journey of Lancaster both past and present – this includes an Audio Map by artist Rebecca Willmott
  • A wide variety of creative and historical content from the project’s community historians and artists – this includes illustrative work by ethnographer and documentor Len Grant, artist Rebecca Willmott and film-maker Jonny Randall
  • A documentary of the project by film-maker Jonny Randall
  • An education resource pack for Key Stage 3 History students by Karen Merrifeld of Innovate Educate

For The Dukes: Executive Director – Ivan Wadeson, Associate Director – Alex Summers, Project Coordinator – Ben Ayrton, Learning and Outreach Manager – Vicky Fletcher

Artists: James Harker – Writer, May Sumbwanyambe – Writer, Rebecca Willmott – Illustrator, Len Grant – Illustrator, Photographer, Ethnographer, Jonny Randall – Filmmaker

Historical and Community Services: Dr Sam Riches – Regional Heritage Centre (Department of History, Lancaster University), Vicci McCann – Lancashire Archives, Susan Ashworth – Lancashire Museums’ Service, Gisela Reynolds – Global Link

Education Support: Karen Merrifield at Innovate Educate, Gareth Johnstone at Central High School, Lancaster

Community Artists/Historians: Zylpha Thomson, Phil Chandler, Juliette Chandler, Emma Chandler, Shane Johnstone, Bob Ashworth, Paula Ashworth, Jilly Sumsion

External Evaluator: Sally Fort

The Dukes is grateful for the support of everyone involved in Port Stories. We hope you enjoy exploring this site.