Global Link was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with historians, schools and community groups to research and document the history of religious and political dissent in Lancaster, particularly in relation to the Castle. As a global education centre, we have linked these distant struggles for social justice and human rights with more recent political activism, or with issues which resonate around the world today.
Lancaster has always had its share of dissenters, without itself being a major centre of protest. But as the county town of Lancashire, home to the crown court and the castle prison, Lancaster has witnessed a river of dissent flowing through over the centuries, providing inspiration and context for local protestors.
Conscientious Objectors in WW1
Franchise Act for men aged over 21
Lancashire Witches imprisoned in Lancaster Castle
Ploughshares activist attack Hawk jets in Preston