Founded in January 1951 by George Brook, Professor of English Language at Manchester University, the Lancashire Dialect Society was one of several societies dedicated to the study and use of local dialect (see also Yorkshire Dialect Society). It held meetings, lectures, and other events, and published an annual Journal, which included dialect poems and prose in addition to articles on local terminology and grammar. The Society was dissolved in 1992, and the last issue of the Journal was no. 41, August 1992 (see the ‘Valediction’ in that issue, pp. 2–5).