Celebrating Anne Lister’s legacy

Tuesday 22 September 2020 marks 180 years since the death of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall and Visit Calderdale are hosting a series of online events to mark this date.

Anne Lister slogan pioneer, explorer, gentlewoman

Anne, who lived from 1791 to 1840, was a remarkable woman: a diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar, traveller and lesbian. Anne’s story inspired Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO hit TV show ‘Gentleman Jack’, which was filmed here in Calderdale.

Visit Calderdale are celebrating Anne Lister’s extraordinary life with a series of online events – and will be encouraging people to post short videos about what Anne means to them. Get involved! Find out more.

The event programme includes:

A memorial broadcast from Shibden Hall on Tuesday 22 September, live streamed on social media at 3pm UK time. You are invited to join in online.

A behind-the-scenes peek into how Anne’s diaries were meticulously conserved by custodians in the West Yorkshire Archive Service, will be posted here.

The Piece Hall will be remembering Anne’s visits to the building online throughout the day on 22nd here.  The Piece Hall will also be running tours for masked-up small groups from 12-20 September, as part of the Halifax Heritage Festival – info here.

Halifax Minster was an important building to Anne, and the Minster are aiming to run socially distanced talks in the minster on 19 and 20 September and a livestreamed memorial service. Keep up to date with events at Halifax Minster here.

Calderdale Libraries will be hosting a free webinar on Monday 21 September at 3pm UK time on ‘The Gentleman Jack Effect’, examining Anne Lister’s impact on Calderdale with local experts. Input, feedback and Q&As are welcomed in the session, join in here.

A fan-led Anne Lister Research Summit, a free online conference 25th – 27th September for research enthusiasts.

Find out more.

You can read more about Anne Lister and Gentleman Jack on Visit Calderdale’s Gentleman Jack pages.


Anne Lister slogan pioneer, explorer, gentlewoman

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