"You'd hear them jingle" talks at Clitheroe Castle Museum

Monday, February 05, 2018

A couple of free events will give visitors to Clitheroe Castle Museum another opportunity to find out next month what life was like for people who lived and worked in two local hospitals.

The talks will discuss the lives of some of the thousands of people who lived, worked or had relatives at Brockhall and Calderstones hospitals.

Visual artist Melanie Sims, poet Ronnie Kerr and researchers will be available on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon, in the exhibition area at Clitheroe Castle to talk about the project and answer questions. This will be supported by a talk at 2pm which will take place in the Pendle Hill Room.

These events are part of the 'You'd hear them jingle' exhibition, running until Saturday 24 February in the Steward's Gallery.

A few years ago, visual artist Melanie Sims researched her aunt's stay at Calderstones. This investigation resulted in Melanie producing a range of photographic and textile works, which is showcased in the exhibition as 'The Lost Sister' family story. Poetry by Ronnie Kerr, who worked with Melanie on this project, will also be featured.

Photographs, documents, objects and a digital archive form part of the exhibition, created as part of a Lancashire museums project in partnership with Pathways Associates CIC.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm sure that these talks will be both interesting and informative. Supporting the exhibition that is currently running, they will share a fascinating history of an important, but often hidden aspect of community history in Lancashire.

"This is a valuable opportunity for people to learn more about this interesting history, which can often be lost and forgotten. Importantly, people will be able to get answers to some of their questions."

Pathways Associates CIC works across the North West with individuals and organisations to support people with a learning disability to live their lives as they choose to.

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Admission to the exhibition is free, but charges apply for entry to the museum.

Museum admission is £4.30 for adults, and £3.20 for concessions. Accompanied children and young people up to the age of 18 go free.

Limited car parking is available for disabled visitors.

For more information please phone 01200 424568 or email clitheroecastle@lancashire.gov.uk

More information about Clitheroe Castle and other Lancashire County Council museums is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council's museum service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.

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