Local History

Edward Rushton's Story

The story of Edward Rushton, the Liverpool poet and anti-slavery campaigner is being released in weekly instalments, this week, the West Indian Eclogues, one of his first writings on slavery.

Rushton the radical revolutionary poet

A new website has been set up dedicated to reviving interest in Edward Rushton (1756-1814), the great, blind human rights campaigner, poet and writer who, at the age of 19, was blinded while helping slaves.

The Rainhill Trials

Joe Coventry reviews the book by Anthony Dawson, The Rainhill Trials, when, in October 1829, a competition was held to find the best form of motive power for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and travel would never be the same again.

Jim Larkin Statue

Plans to commemorate Jim Larkin, the Liverpool/Irish, Trade Union Leader, Socialist and Internationalist, have been proposed by the James Larkin Society.

Workhouse to Worship

John Owen reviews Workhouse to Worship, the exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, on at Central Library Hornby Room till 29th September.