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Preston teetotal history and prehistoric heritage to be explored at UCLan MET sessions

Posted on - 4th September, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, History, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
The MET (Mobile Event Tent) at UCLan’s Adelphi Square Pic: UCLan

Two free events exploring two different elements of Preston’s history and heritage are taking place at the city’s university in the next week.

The MET (Mobile Event Tent) is parking up on the University Square at the University of Central Lancashire.

Preston Pledge will explore the history of the Temperance Movement – teetotalism – which is rooted in the city.

Read more: What’s on as The MET returns to Preston’s University Square this September

One of UCLan’s founders, Joseph Livesey, was a driving force behind the teetotal pledge to avoid all alcohol in 1832.

Dr Annemarie McAllister will lead the session and there’s an opportunity for attendees to design their own pledge using items from the UCLan archives.

The Band of Hope pledge for teetotalism Pic: UCLan

The Preston Pledge talk takes place on Tuesday (5 September) from 6pm to 7pm and you need to register via Eventbrite for a free place.

A second event, called Making Yourself at Home in a New Place, sees UCLan archaeologist Rick Peterson explore migration, people and objects in the North West from 11,000 to 6,000 years ago.

Rick takes audiences back to prehistoric Lancashire and Cumbria to see how pottery, clothing and food were used.

Rick said: “We will be examining how making and using things can help people feel at home in a new place.

“The session will include an opportunity to have a go at prehistoric pottery making so please come prepared to get a little bit messy.”

Read more: See and learn more about Preston’s history and heritage

The event takes place on Tuesday 12 September from 6pm to 7pm and again you need to register via Eventbrite.

Both events are in the MET which is a mobile event space that moves around Preston with performances at different locations. It’s staying at the UCLan campus throughout September and there will be events as part of the Lancashire Encounter Festival.

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