Cotton Famine Poetry Project Event

3.45pm, 6 November 2017, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

An opportunity has arisen for KS2 teachers and pupils to take part in an exciting research project spearheaded by Dr. Simon Rennie from the University of Exeter. The purpose of this project is to collate and interpret hundreds of poems published in and around Lancashire relating to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65, which coincided with, and was largely caused by, the American Civil War.

Pupils will have the unique opportunity to carry out primary research on Cotton Famine poetry, which lies mostly unread in local newspapers and libraries in Lancashire. The poetry will be inputted into a scholarly database designed by the Exeter University Digital Humanities team, and this will be freely available to the public for future generations. All schools contributing to the research will be credited for their involvement.

To find out more about the project and how to get involved, we invite teachers to a special event on Monday 6th November 3:45pm – 6pm at Helmshore Mills Textiles Museum. To book a place at this free event, please contact Jessica Forshaw, Heritage Learning Officer on 01772 535327 jessica.forshaw@lancashire.gov.uk