Of Song and Speech: Music and Words from Industrial Lancashire
|8 June 2023
|17:30 - 19:15
|What is it:
|John Rylands Research Institute and Library
|Who is it for:
|Adults, General public
Join us in the John Rylands Research Institute and Library for an evening celebrating the culture of the 19th-century working classes. There will be a chance to explore rich collections detailing Lancashire working-class culture and to hear the Library resound with the songs of workers with folk singer Jennifer Reid. Jennifer will join Professor Michael Sanders in conversation exploring the defining literary and cultural pioneers of the era. Free entry!
5:30-6:10: Collections Encounter
Drop in at the Rylands and discover objects and books connected to our exhibition Workers' Playtime: Culture and Community in Industrial Lancashire. Meet our staff and learn more about the rich intellectual lives of industrial workers in 19th-century Lancashire.
6:15-6:35: Songs from Industrial Lancashire with Jennifer Reid
Discover 19th-century Lancashire ballads with a special performance by Jennifer Reid. Jennifer Reid is a performer of nineteenth century Lancashire dialect and Victorian broadside ballads. The working classes made music as a provocation and this is a tradition Jennifer continues. Prepare to be inspired!
6:35-7:15: In Conversation: Jennifer Reid and Michael Sanders
Join us after Jennifer Reid's performance for a chance to delve deeper into the world of working-class songs and literature from 19th-century Lancashire. Michael Sanders is Professor of 19th-century Writing at the University of Manchester and Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Piston, Pen & Press project exploring the ways in which the industrial working class accessed and participated in literary culture in Scotland and the North of England in the 'long Nineteenth Century'.
Entry to all activities is free. Click on 'Reserve a spot' to register.
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