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.

These events events are a collaboration between the History, University of Central Lancashire, Friends of Winckley Square, Preston and Chorley Heritage Centre.

Temperance@190 Events

Temperance@190 Exhibition

Wednesday 18 May – Wednesday 1 June (Weekdays only, except Tuesdays, 10am - 12noon). 
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL

Free admission

Open to drop-in visitors. Come and visit this free exhibition to discover the temperance movement and explore the ideas, arguments, images and objects associated with teetotalism.  The movement was born in Preston 190 years ago in 1832, but this exhibition takes the story into the 20th century, including the national centenary celebrations at Preston in 1932. 

Temperance @190 Walking Trail and Talk ‘The Alternative World’

Thursday 19 May 1:00 – 2:30pm BST
Meet Centre of Winckley Square, Friends of Winckley Square, Winckley Square, Preston, PR13JJ

£4.90 admission

For the first time this Temperance Guided Walk is being offered to commemorate the 190th Anniversary of the establishment of Preston as the ‘Jerusalem of Temperance’ in 1832. The walk will start in Winckley Square and visit locations which played a pivotal role in the development of the temperance movement. The walk lasts an hour and will finish at the Central Methodist Church in Lune Street where you can visit The Temperance@190 Exhibition and enjoy FOC an illustrated talk ‘The Alternative World of the Proud Preston Non-Drinkers’ with Annemarie Mcallister which will supply background and context to the walk and exhibition. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after the talk.

Book to attend this walking tour.

Temperance@190 Tea Party

Saturday 21st May 1.30 -3.30 pm on a drop-in basis during the two hour period. 
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL

Free admission

Tea Parties were popular social events in the temperance movement. In 1836 the Preston Corn Exchange hosted one for 1200 people who were served by 75 volunteers, each with a tea and coffee pot which were constantly refilled. Now you can re-create the experience - drop in for tea and cake, some songs and stories, and have a look round our temperance exhibition.

If you want a full afternoon tea, book one of 40 tickets online.

Temperance@190 Band of Hope Meeting

Thursday 26th May 12 noon -1.30 pm. 
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL

Free admission


The Band of Hope was a group for children which ran regular meetings to teach, entertain, and engage children for around 150 years, all in the cause of temperance. Many people still alive today remember going, and this is your chance to find out what children experienced in an interactive session of learning songs and recitations, enjoying performances and magic lantern slides, and trying traditional temperance refreshments.

Temperance@190 Talk ‘The Temperance Movement and its Medals’

Thursday 26th May 2 -3 pm. 
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL

Free admission


Peter Crummett will be visiting Preston to talk about the variety and history of temperance medals, looking at the background of his book ‘The Temperance Movement: its Medals and Badges’ with images and examples. Opportunity for questions and discussion after the talk.

Temperance@190 Talk ‘Two for the Road, a further temperance journey’

Friday 27th May 12 noon - 1 pm. 
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL 

Free admission

Peter Crummett takes a further temperance journey, looking at legends on temperance workers’ gravestones and coffee and cocoa houses, including their specialist tokens. Opportunity for questions and discussion after the talk.

Temperance@190 Talk ‘Signs, Symbols and Stories’ and Drop-in Workshop

Saturday 28 May 10 – 11 am; 11 am -12 noon. 
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL

Free admission

10.00 am Talk, ‘Signs, Symbols and Stories of the Temperance Movement’ exploring the visual iconography of temperance. Dr Annemarie McAllister has written and lectured widely on this topic and will be using both images and examples of items such as pledges. 

This will be followed at 11.00 by a Drop-in Workshop to share memories or find out about family heritage or temperance-associated items, relating your own history to that of the temperance movement.

Temperance@190 in Chorley exhibition

Monday 6 June – Saturday 11 June 10 am – 2.30 pm.
Methodist Church, Gillibrand Walks, Chorley PR7 2HF.  

Free admission

Presented by Chorley Heritage Centre Group. 

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