Many visitors called in at the Minster Church on Saturday to view the exhibits of the Preston Historical Society artefacts and ephemera from their archives. A video presentation of Preston and the 1972 Guild was shown continuously throughout the day to the great delight of everyone there and a great deal of reminiscing took place. Some even recognised old friends and relations who were taking part in the processions and events of that Guild; others were able to spot some of the companies and former colleagues from where they had been employed in the past. All in all, it was a very nostalgic occasion for most people who were there.
Among the many exhibits from the society’s archives was a section of ornate plasterwork from the former Public Hall which was part of one of the many pillars supporting the balcony surrounding the hall; a lovely artefact for all to see. There were examples of genuine Horrockses’ printed dresses and Preston Guild medals from as far back as 1902. Even a few old early 1960’s copies of New Musical Express were available to browse through for pop-pickers to enthuse over.
The Preston Historical Society are considering the possibility of creating more open days to exhibit their extensive archives as many people aren’t able to make just one specific day every year. Secretary Karen Doyle remarked “So many visitors who attended today were really astounded by our historical exhibits and said that it was a pity that other people they know will not get to see them on this open day”. Karen continued in saying “We will definitely consider having further open days if people want to see more of our archives”.
Did you go along to the Minster this weekend? Would you like to see more of the PHS archives? Let us know in the comments below.