Map illustration by Rebecca Lanyon

Port Stories is a Dukes led partnership with the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University, Lancaster Museums Service and Global Link, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Before you go:

Using Wifi to save data, download the VoiceMap app to your smart phone (Android or Apple), open it and download all four Port Stories to your handset. Alternatively download the files below to your chosen device. Please follow each link and then click the download icon on the far right of the media player.

1698 Part 1

1698 Part 2

History of Violence 

Black Mary Part 1

Black Mary Part 2

Be sure to bring a set of headphones and follow the route descriptions to the story’s starting points:

-Custom House, St George’s Quay

-Lancaster Castle

-Hill Side off Long Marsh Lane

-Slave Trade Art Memorial, St George’s Quay

When you arrive:

With VoiceMap open, the stories will start automatically once you are in position at a starting point

Move between the scene locations to unfold the story – directions will guide you on your journey

Enjoy and please leave feedback on your experience within the app

Bringing to life Lancaster’s Georgian boom and rich maritime heritage through locational audio dramas and community engagement, Port Stories is gathering award winning writers, celebrated historians and passionate Lancastrians to animate the dramas behind the architecture.

Embedded at historic sites around Lancaster, listen to 4 unique audio dramas for a walking tour with a difference. From Friday 2nd December a map will be available to download on the app linked below, from which you will be able to discover the locations of these immersive experiences.




Black Mary & A History of Violence by James Harker

1698 Parts 1 & 2 by May Sumbwanyambe

Directed by Alex Summersimage004
Sound Design by Karen Lauke & Eloise Whitmore of Naked Productions

Cast: Amy Lomax, Andrew Sheridan, Chris Jack, David Crellin, Jack Deam, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Linford Johnson, Rachel Austin, Sandra Cole