Leyland Historical Society

Mike Lucas - The founder, writer and actor of Mikron Theatre Company talks about the theatres history.

56th Season 

                To start the new season on Monday 3rd July I will be conducting an historical walk along Towngate in Leyland and its back streets starting from the King Street car park at 7.00 pm.

The first meeting on the 4th September will feature the old photographs of Leyland collections the society has amassed over the years in tribute to the late Stephen Sartin who entertained us in the past with such shows.

56th Season

Monday 3rd July  
Leyland Historical Walk – Meet at King Street Carpark 7.00 pm
Peter Houghton

Monday 4th September
Photographs of Old Leyland
Peter Houghton

Monday 2nd October *
A Force to be Reckoned with – Women Policing
Mikron Theatre

Monday 6th November *
The Future of History in the Digital Age
Dr Nick Barratt

Monday 4th December
A few of my favourite things – A personal selection of treasures from Lancashire Archives
Dr Alan Crosby

Monday 8th January 2024
The all-new Archaeological Update
Chris Wild

Monday 5th February
Lancashire Poems and Songs new to us all
Sid Calderbank

Monday 4th March
The Early Years of the Railways around Preston
Mike Norris 

Monday 8th April
Blackpool's Comedy Carpet
George Hindle 

Monday 6th May** 
17th Annual Historical Society Trip to Llangollen

Monday 3rd June
Bruce Keith

This year’s Mikron on 2nd October will be More Heartbeat than Happy Valley, ‘A Force to be Reckoned With’ is an arresting story which captures a century of change.

With handbag, whistle and a key to the Police Box, WPC Iris Armstrong is ready for whatever the mean streets of a 1950s market town throws at her. Fresh from police training school, she prepares for her first day on the beat. The reality is quite different. Stuck at the station, she soon finds her main jobs are typing and making brews.

Iris joins forces with fellow WPC Ruby Roberts. They’re an unlikely partnership. A two-girl department, called to any case involving women and children, from troublesome teens to fraudulent fortune tellers. What starts as ‘women’s work’ soon becomes a specialist role. Iris finds she’s earning her place in a historic force to be reckoned with.

Along the way, she discovers the Edwardian volunteers who came before her, a lineage of Suffragettes-turned-moral enforcers and the secrets that the police box hides (no its not the Tardis or is it?). 

Come and hear the leading "Who Do You Think You Are" expert , Dr Nick Barratt talk about the study, research and uses for "The Future of History in the Digital Age" at our 6th November meeting.

The last talk of the year on 4th December will be a special one as we welcome back Dr Alan Crosby who will talk about a few of his favorite things – a personal selection of treasures from Lancashire Archives.


For our first talk of 2024 on Monday 8th January (due to Bank Holiday) we will again be entertained by Chris Wild giving us the yearly update of all things that have happened in the world of archaeology in the past year for the University of Salford.


The 5th February meeting will see the welcome return of Sid Calderbank who this year is going to give the members Lancashire Poems and Songs new to us all.

To finish the Season on Monday 3rd June we will have a talk by Bruce Keith on the history of bridge construction which he promises won’t be Scottishcentic as he comes from Peterborough.

​So, hope to see you all in the coming season and we will see what we can discover together and don’t forget to set up your standing order or direct payment for the 15th August, anything to save paying bank charges.

 Peter Houghton, Chairman & Ex Bank Clerk

On 4th March we will welcome Mike Norris who will talk about the early history of the railways around Preston, and he may mention his scale model of Preston Station with all the signaling system in place. 

For 8th April come and learn about the comedians, shows, sketches and catchphrases that make up the Comedy Carpet which was opened on the Promenade opposite Blackpool Tower in 2011 by Sir Ken Dodd with our own George Hindle..

On 6th May there will be the 17th Annual Historical Society Trip which this season will be going to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen. The plan is to coach over to the Aqueduct in the morning and have a trip across on the trip boat then have an early lunch in the cafe there.

We will then take the coach over to Corwen to catch the afternoon train from there into Llangollen where you will have the rest of the afternoon to look around and have some food before meeting the coach and returning home. More details and timings will appear around Christmas with a booking form. 


Meetings held in the South Ribble Civic Centre, Shield Room, Banqueting Suite, West Paddock , Leyland PR25 1DH at 7.30 pm 

All meetings marked * are free to members though visitors have to pay £12.00 rather than usual visitors entrance fee of £5.00. Meetings marked as ** are outwith the membership fee.

The membership fee of £15.00 per year includes all 9 meetings.

To join the Society click on the Application Form and either send it by post or email to peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk