2022 is the 190th anniversary of the ‘seven men of Preston’ signing the first total abstinence pledge, initiating the influential UK temperance movement. Preston was recognised in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as ‘the birthplace of teetotalism’ and ‘the Jerusalem of temperance’ across the country. The concept of ‘Preston Pledges’ continues locally and is used for a range of community building initiatives, and the rest of Lancashire shares this rich temperance heritage.

  • Exhibitions at UCLan and Chorley, to showcase workers for the cause and the many associated aspects of material culture, with particular reference to the 20th century including the centenary celebrations from 1932 
  • Podcasts and guided walks exploring local temperance history 
  • Workshops with local community groups to share their memories / heritage of the temperance movement, leading to oral history collection, copies to be stored in the Livesey Collection for future temperance researchers
  • Day school for students, teachers, family historians, and members of the public: What can temperance history add to our understanding of the social, cultural and economic lives of people in Lancashire in the last century?  
  • Workshops on temperance visual iconography and health, alcohol, and community issues 
  • What did children do in the Band of Hope? Interactive session with performance, learning songs, action games and craft activities
  • Public access sessions in the Livesey Collection, offering a chance to browse the internationally famous store of books, magazines, badges, wearable items, etc. held by UCLan.

The event is a collaboration between the History, University of Central Lancashire, Friends of Winckley Square, Preston and Chorley Heritage Centre.

Details about how to join this event will be available soon.

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