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‘1715’ Free Family Friendly Events Mark the Anniversary of the Last Battle on English Soil

Posted on - 25th October, 2015 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, History, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston History, Things To Do

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300 years ago the last battle on English soil took place. In November 1715, Jacobite and Government armies fought on the streets of Preston, building barricades and setting fire to buildings.

We are marking the anniversary with events exploring the battle, developed alongside Lancashire Archives and Cultural Services, local historical societies and community and cultural organisations. Look out for more details on the Preston Guild City website and for the Battle of Preston 1715 trail and app. You can also find out more in the Jacobites display in the Discover Preston gallery inside the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre.

A series of events mark the 300th anniversary including a programme of free, family friendly activity that kicks off during October half term including‘ Jacobites are Coming’ – entertain the kids with activities inspired by the battle including exploring battle maps, discover how to make a kilt and create a Jacobite cockade, and ‘Discover the Battle of Preston’ – tours of the battle sites, Jacobite songs, soldiers, wargaming, printing-press, original archive sources, maps, King James III’s gingerbread and more…

And, on November 15th prepare to experience stories from the street in light, sound and performance at The Last Battle.

What would you do if you encountered a Jacobite in full battle mode in a takeaway on Church Street? Run a mile? Join the rebels? Inform the Government? Ask to share a chip? The Last Battle places historic moments from the 1715 Jacobite Rising into the world of 2015 Preston.

Join in this FREE family-friendly event from 4.30pm and discover stories from the streets, made real in performance, sound and light. And whatever you do, don’t miss the finale from 6pm. Please come dressed for the weather!

The Last Battle is produced by They Eat Culture for the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Battle of Preston, and funded by the Heritage Lottery and Preston City Council.

Find out more about ‘1715’ – sign up to the mailing list at info@theyeatculture.org
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Preston 1715 Twitter page @preston1715
Harris Museum and Art Gallery Facebook page

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Family Friendly Event Listings:
Thursday 29 October – 10.30 – 3.30pm
The Jacobites are Coming
Half-term family-friendly activities inspired by the battle – explore the battle maps, discover how to make a kilt, and create a Jacobite cockade.
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, PR1 2PP
Free
Harris Museum and Art Gallery website

 

Saturday 14 November – 10am – 4pm
Discover the Battle of Preston
Preston Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BU
A day of activities to mark the anniversary – tours of the battle sites, Jacobite songs, soldiers, wargaming, printing-press, original archive sources, maps, King James III’s gingerbread and more…
Free
Preston Guild City website

Sunday 15 November 4.30 – 6.30pm
The Last Battle – stories from the streets of 1715 in light, sound and performance
On Church Street, Preston PR1 3BU
What would you do if you encountered a Jacobite in full battle mode in a takeaway on Church Street? Run a mile? Join the rebels? Inform the Government? Ask to share a chip? The Last Battle places historic moments from the 1715 Jacobite Rising into the world of 2015 Preston. Join in this family-friendly event from 4.30pm and discover stories from the streets, made real in performance, sound and light. And whatever you do, don’t miss the finale from 6pm. Please come dressed for the weather.
The Last Battle is produced by TheyEatCulture for the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Battle of Preston, and funded by the Heritage Lottery and Preston City Council.
Free
Preston Guild City website

TheyEatCulture

TheyEatCulture is an arts & cultural production non-profit that takes a site-responsive, quality combined arts and cross-media approach in order to be a direct intervention into the cultural life of Preston and Lancashire.

We programme, curate, commission, and produce arts & cultural work, and run culturally engaging, in-deep projects co-designed with communities. We engage and collaboratively articulate lived experience, right here, right now, and develop the city as an open-to-all cultural venue and a living magazine. The work is delivered within non-traditional spaces and at The Continental venue.

TheyEatCulture is a member of Preston Cultural Partnership – Realising our City’s Creative Future.

TheyEatCulture Twitter page @theyeatculture

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