An ambitious project to tell a history of Lancashire in 70 objects has been given a boost with a grant of £55,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects is an 18 month partnership between Lancashire Heritage Learning, Museum Development North West and Lancashire Life magazine. The project aims to engage communities across the County Palatine with objects and stories held in their local museums, galleries and heritage venues. It also aims to engage with new audiences and promote visits across all participating venues.
The project is part of next year’s 70th anniversary celebrations for Lancashire Life magazine and will involve museums, galleries and heritage centres across the old county palatine of Lancaster. Heritage venues across the county palatine are invited to host community engagement events for visitors to select one object from their collections that tells something of Lancashire’s long and fascinating story. From all the stories and objects submitted, the final list of 70 objects will be revealed in Lancashire Life next year.
Lancashire Life deputy editor Paul Mackenzie said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to shout about the historic treasures on show around Lancashire. The hard part will be choosing just 70 items to tell Lancashire’s story. We’re looking forward to receiving nominations which show what a fascinating and varied history the county has.”
Lancashire Life covers the old county palatine – from the river Mersey in the south up to Coniston, and west to Trawden, Littleborough and Ashton-under-Lyne – and the project is open to any museum or heritage attraction in that area.
The closing date for entries is 31st December 2016; museums and heritage attractions in the county palatine of Lancaster will be contacted with further details about the project in the next few days.