HERITAGE NEWS West Lancashire Heritage Association - Registered Charity No. 1083643 February 2009 Ruth Vose Memorial Lecture On 21st January the first memorial lecture was given by Judith Jesch, Professor of Viking Studies, Nottingham University Speaking Like a Viking: Language and Cultural Interaction in the Irish Sea Region The lecture addressed the question of the Viking contribution to the Irish Sea region in general, and the north-west of England and the Isle of Man In particular. Recent wellpublicised genetic research suggests that men of Scandinavian origin passed through the region and left their genes behind, but tells us little about the communities within which this Interaction took place. The picture can be filled out from other evidence which shows an extensive Viking contribution to language and culture. Using a combination of place-names, runic inscriptions and stone sculpture, Judith teased out information about the languages spoken in the region in the Viking Age, the family life of the migrants, their religion, and their reactions to new landscapes. Judith also attempted to demonstrate the important role played by women in the preservation and transmission of Norse language and culture. The conclusion was that the Viking Age migrations should be seen as a diaspora, in which the migrants were linguistically and culturally connected both to the Viking homelands and to other migrants in the British Isles and across the North Atlantic, while also adapting to their new homes. Events for your Diary (All events to be held at Hurlston Hall Golf Club commencing 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated) Wednesday 18th March 2009 HENRY VIII Presentation by Ray Irving commencing at 7.30 pm Sunday 26th April 2009 St George's Day Lunch There will be a lunch on 26th April for members and friends at Hurlston Hall Golf club with a talk by Cliff Astin on the theme of "What's in a Name?" Lunch is at 12.30pm for 1 pm Tickets £12.50 from Patrick Waite on 01695 573350. Wednesday 20th May 2009 "I'm a Lancastrian" Presentation by John Cotterall commencing 7.30 pm. Wednesday 17th June 2009 Lavender Farms at Rainford Full details later - commences 7.30 pm. Wednesday 16th September 2009 Harold Ackroyd VC and other stories Presentation by Keith Bond commencing 7.30 pm. Wednesday 28th October 2009 Christianity and Bank Notes Presentation by Dr. Richard Underwood. Friday 27th November 2009 Lancashire Day Hotpot and Quiz at Scarisbrick Village Hall, details to follow. Wednesday 9th December 2009 Heritage Christmas Dinner Details to follow. MOBILE EXHIBITION FACILITY In the light of the probable lengthy delay in the provision of a permanent heritage centre, the Association is currently considering the possibility of creating a Mobile Exhibition Unit(s) which could tour various locations throughout the District. Discussions are being held with the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill College on the collection and preparation of the display material. LOCAL LECTURERS? If any members are aware of any local people/lecturers would they please let Dorothy Aindow know, The bigger the pool of people the more varied future programmes. She would also welcome ideas for visits, etc. Dorothy's telephone no. is 01704 892450.