From Medieval Monastics to Radicals and Reformers

22nd February 2021

The National Landscape is full of fascinating history, not all of it well known to the wider world.  Join us for these Festival Bowland events and find out more!

Each event is free to attend and will be held online. See individual events for booking details.


Tuesday 2nd March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Bowland's many traditional farm buildings add to the National Landscape's landscape character and sense of place. Join architect and historic buildings consultant, James Innerdale, as he shares practical ideas and helpful tips on how to care for, and maintain, them.

James has delivered a number of training sessions on behalf of SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings).

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email or phone 07973 923142


Tuesday 23rd March, 6.30pm – 8pm

Meet the Radicals…  This online event introduces some of the nonconformists, reformers and change makers researched by the volunteers of the Pendle Radicals project.  And it introduces The Radicals Trail, a new way of exploring our rural communities around Pendle Hill.  There must have been something in the air, because radical history is all around us.  You just need to know where to look…  Meet some Pendle Hill people who changed the world! 

You will encounter the first Quaker, plus a Higham boy who became a beacon of the Enlightenment, the pioneers of the Independent Labour Party, and campaigners for women’s suffrage and for the right to roam.  We’ll tell you about themed Radicals walks and about future plans to grow and extend The Radicals Trail.  

Pendle Radicals is led by Mid Pennine Arts, and is part of the Pendle Hill programme, supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Fund.  

Booking essential. Please book via MPA's Eventbrite page at

For more information please email

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via


Wednesday 21st April, 6.30pm – 8pm

Between 1148 and 1537, Sawley Abbey was home to a community of white-clad Cistercian monks. This talk will examine the insights the abbey's ruined buildings provide into the evolution of the monks' way of life over 400 years, and question traditional notions of late medieval decline leading to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. It will also use art and architecture to illuminate the lives of the people who lived, prayed and worked at the abbey between the 12th and 16th centuries. 

Dr Michael Carter is senior properties historian at English Heritage. He specialises in monastic history, art and architecture and has an especial interest in the Cistercians in northern England. He has published and lectured widely.

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email or phone 07973 923142 

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