We are pleased to announce the start of a new project: Finding Ethel- Archivists of a Lost Historical Figure. With great thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery) we will be able to work with partners including Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, Huckleberry Films and Janet Swan.  The project will focus on the literary work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. The work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth is significant culturally to East Lancashire and nationally as she was the first working class woman to be published in Britain. This project will use her writing to focus on the historical and cultural heritage of the late 19th century and early 20th century in Lancashire, and particularly in Hyndburn. The project is an opportunity to use this unique source to engage people with their heritage and learn about both the cotton industry and society at that time. It also looks at how many of the characteristics of her time still apply it to modern life today.

This is a really fantastic project and, if you would like to get involved, don’t hesitate to get in touch -we’d love to hear from you.