I am a feminist historian living near Halifax. I'm especially passionate about Anne Lister's diaries - which have now received international acclaim, both by UNESCO and the TV dramatization of Gentleman Jack.
2022 February: ALBW Live - Anne Lister Birthday Week: a conversation between Pat Esgate (New York) and Jill Liddington (Calderdale). Talking about the new edition of Female Fortune (MUP, out on 15 March) 45 Mins + Q&A.
2021 April: A Walk in Anne Lister’s Footsteps. Episode 1: A Mock Marriage. Video produced by ALister Films. Jill Liddington interviewed by Rachel Lappin. Walking in Anne Lister’s footsteps in 1835 - from the Piece Hall down to Halifax Minster. (10 mins 30 secs.)
2020 November: Anne Lister of Shibden Hall: Gender, Social Class & Sexuality - Talk given to Sorbonne students in Paris - on what made Anne Lister special, exploring her extraordinary achievements (plus the boundaries for women then).
If you're working from home during the lockdown, why not take time to enjoy the company of dazzling Anne Lister! 50 mins including Q&A & book-signing.
2019 July, Who was the real Anne Lister? Halifax Minster. Anne Lister Weekend - introduced by Laura Johansen, Jill Liddington talk, video (33 mins).
2019 July, Who was the real Anne Lister? Halifax Minster. Audio - Part One Audio - Part Two Audio - Part Three
Recording of the event on 13 July 2019 at Halifax Minster about Anne Lister of Halifax or 'Gentleman Jack' organised by The Book Corner and chaired by Laura Johansen
1991 Sept, interview with Muriel Green, Highgate, London.
Muriel recalls entering Shibden Hall on the death of John Lister in 1933, and about what she found there. Audio (3 mins 6 secs) was recorded on a cassette recorder, so poor sound quality). Complete interview. Audio (35 mins 42 secs).
Note: Muriel Green provided the link back to John Lister (d. 1933). My oral history interview with Muriel reminds us how little was then known about the diaries’ melodramatic survival story. She talks about how John Lister cracked the code with an antiquarian (Arthur Burrell), but cannot recall any details; how the key to code was kept under lock & key, and then how Phyllis Ramsden worked on the coded passages. In 1992, Calderdale Archives re-classified the Burrell mss. So I was then able to write about John Lister & Burrell in History Workshop Journal (spring 1993), republished as Presenting the Past, Pennine Pens 1994.