Lancashire Past

Lancashire History Website and Blog

Lancashire Links

Lancashire History Websites

This page is split into four sections:

  1. Websites that cover the whole of Lancashire
  2. Specialist historical websites for the county
  3. Regional websites (e.g. Bury, Ribble Valley, Tameside etc ) featuring local history groups and museums
  4. Sites from just over the borders of the county


Websites for the Whole of Lancashire

Lancashire Past – this site!

Lancashire at War

Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

Lancashire Archaeological Society

Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Lancashire Local History Society

Lancashire Parish Register Society

Regional Heritage Society Lancaster University

Greater Manchester Festival blog (archaeology)

Friends of Real Lancashire

Heritage Trust for the North West

The Chetham Society

Dr Mike Nevell’s blog on Archaeology in the North West archaeologytea

North West Sound Heritage


Lancashire specialist sites

Roman Roads in Lancashire

Medieval Misericords in Lancashire

North West Catholic History

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Society

The Victorian Society

Steam Heritage

Lathom and Burscough Military Heritage Society

Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery Society


Local History &  Archaeology Websites,  Societies  and Museums

Greater Manchester – South Lancashire Regional Boroughs


Ainsworth Village History Society

Bury Archaeological Group facebook page

Bury Archives and Local History

Bury and District Local History Society

Holcombe Moor Heritage Group

Prestwich and Whitefield Heritage Society

Ramsbottom Heritage Society


Bury Art Museum     Bury Transport Museum      Fusiliers Museum


Bolton Archaeological and Egyptology Society

Halliwell Local History Society

Horwich Heritage

Westhoughton History Group

Hall i’th’ Wood Estate History hallithwoodestateourhistory


Bolton Museum        Bolton Steam Museum   Horwich Heritage Centre


Wigan Archaeological Society


Wigan Museum of Life      Astley Green Colliery Museum

Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine

Leigh Spinners Mill


Salford Forum of Local History Organisations

Salford Local History Society

Eccles Local History Society

Walkden Local History Society

Worsley Civic Trust

Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society facebook page

Irwell Valley Mining Project


Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Working Class Movement Library


Our Manchester

South Manchester Archaeology Group here

Manchester Modernist Society manchestermodernists.wordpress

Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society


Manchester Museum (The University of Manchester)

Museum of Science and Industry   Museum of Transport   People’s History Museum

Imperial War Museum North    Emmaus Heritage Centre

Pankhurst Centre     Gallery of Costume      Greater Manchester Police Museum


Middleton Archaeological Society

Whitworth Historical Society and Museum


Touchstones        Rochdale Pioneers Museum   Littleborough Coach House 

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum  Ellenroad Engine House


Friends of Castleshaw Roman Fort

Chadderton Historical Society


Gallery Oldham    Saddleworth Museum and Gallery


Tameside Archaeological Society

Denton Local History Society


Portland Basin Museum   Museum of the Manchester Regiment 

Park Bridge Heritage Centre


Stockport Heritage Trust

Stockport Building Preservation Trust

Mellor Archaeological Trust

Mellor Archaeological Trust old website


Stockport Museum    Hat Works   Avro Heritage Museum


South Trafford Archaeological Group


Lancashire Boroughs


Lytham Heritage Group

Fylde History Network

Poulton-le-Fylde Historical and Civic Society

Fylde, Wyre and District Villages


Lytham Heritage Centre    Farmer Parrs Museum and Heritage Centre

Lytham Windmill Museum


Wyre Archaeology Group

Garstang Historical Society


Fleetwood Museum


Lancaster and District Heritage Group

Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society

Mourholme Local History Society

Tatham History Society


Lancaster City Museum   Lancaster Maritime Museum    Cottage Museum    Heysham Heritage Association

Furness and Cartmel –  Lancashire North of the Sands

Barrow-in-Furness Civic and Local History Society


The Dock Museum

Preston and South Ribble

Leyland Historical Society

Longridge and District Historical Society

Preston Historical Society

Preston History

Friends of the Old Tramroad Bridge facebook page


Harris Museum    Museum of Lancashire   South Ribble Museum

British Commercial Vehicle Museum   Lancashire Infantry Museum

Church Cottage Museum Broughton


Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society

Brindle Historical Society

Chorley Heritage Centre

White Coppice, Anglezarke & Rivington

Ribble Valley

Bowland Cave excavation

Chipping Local History Society

Clitheroe Civic Society


 Clitheroe Castle Museum     Ribchester Roman Museum

Blackburn and Darwen

Blackburn Local History Society

Cotton Town website

Darwen Days


Blackburn Museum

Darwen Heritage Centre

Burnley and Hyndburn

Burnley Historical Society

The Briercliffe Society

Hapton Heritage Group

Hyndburn Local History Society


Queen Street Mill Textile Museum   Hyndburn Heritage Centre Museum   Weavers Triangle


Pendle Archaeology Group/Friends of Pendle Heritage

Pendle Forest History Group


Pendle Heritage Centre   British in India Museum    Bancroft Mill Engine Trust


Rossendale Civic Trust

Rossendale Family History and Heritage Society

Bacup Township Heritage Initiative

Bacup Times

Valley of Stone

Haslingden Old and New

South Pennine Archaeology Group

Springhill History


The Whitaker

Weavers’ Cottage

West Lancashire,  Sefton and Merseyside

Liverpool History Society

Merseyside Archaeological Society

Mere Brow Local History Society

Ormskirk Historical Society

Lathom Park Trust

Crosby Historical Society

Formby Civic Society

Knowsley Local History

North Meols Family History Society

Widnes  Historical Society

Wirral and West Lancashire Viking Research Page

Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society

@ww2ghostsigns Twitter account on World War 2 old painted military signs

Wirral Archaeology


Museum of Liverpool   World Museum

Victoria Gallery and Museum                                   Merseyside Maritime Museum

Western Approaches : Liverpool War Museum    U Boat Story       The Atkinson

Port Sunlight Museum    Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

Prescott Museum   Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre


Warrington History Society

Culcheth History Society


Warrington Museum

St Helens

Sutton History

Newton History

Rainhill Trials


North West Museum of Road Transport    World of Glass

Smithy Heritage Centre


Further Afield

Runcorn Historical Society

Glossop Heritage Trust

Glossop and Longdale Archaeological Society

Lunesdale Archaeology Society


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