74 treasures for 75 years
Monday, August 3, 2015
Archives as diverse as a volume of patients' case notes from a Lancashire asylum, letters and diaries written by local folk over hundreds of years, and a lost property register of items left on Blackpool trams in the 1930s, are all now on show in a superb exhibition.
'75 years, 74 Treasures' features a wide range of stunning artefacts, brought together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Lancashire County Council's archive service.
The free exhibition will run until January 2016 in various venues across the county.
Neil Sayer, Lancashire County Council's archive access manager, said: "To recognise the milestone we've reached, we've identified 74 important archives to represent the nine miles of treasured objects, items and records we currently hold at Lancashire Archives.
"We're hoping that the 75th is still out there, perhaps in someone's garage, loft or workplace. We'd like people to donate pieces to us, and the 75th treasure to showcase will be chosen from these.
"Pieces in the exhibition so far include a school log book, merchants' inventories from the 17th century and documents showing Lancashire's connections with India and Trinidad."
The exhibition will be on display as follows:
Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston from Saturday 15 August to Saturday 27 September.
Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St. George's Quay, Lancaster from Saturday 3 October to Sunday 10 January 2016.
The exhibition is supported by a talk on Monday 9 November at 1pm at the Lancaster Maritime Museum.
Entry to the talk is free, but booking is required as places are limited.
For more information, or to book a place on the talk, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/archives, telephone 01772 533039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org