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Lancashire Archives plans 1940s weekend to celebrate 75th anniversary

Posted on - 5th April, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Events, News, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre, Things To Do
Market Street in 1940 Pic: Preston Digital Archive

Market Street in 1940 Pic: Preston Digital Archive

An integral part of Lancashire’s history in Preston celebrates reaching a major milestone in late April.

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The Lancashire Archives, in Bow Lane, near County Hall, is 75 this year.

Staff at the archives are planning a 1940s themed weekend during Saturday 25 April and Sunday 26 April to mark the occasion, taking place at the Archives.

Victoria McCann, a Lancashire County Council senior archivist, said: “On the Saturday, alongside the fabulous vintage stalls, we’ll also have some great exhibits on show, including vehicles.

“We’d love it if people could come along in period dress to add to the atmosphere of the day.

“On Sunday visitors are welcome to bring along documents of their own that they would like identifying or undated photographs and our conservation team will be on hand to give advice.

“Also celebrity family history secrets might come to light as we’ll be researching some famous Lancastrians, Eric Morecambe, John Inman and Jeremiah Horrocks.

“We’ll also have some of our most important archives on display and there will be ‘behind the scenes’ tours throughout the weekend to give people the chance to find out more about what we do.”

A 40s market is to be run during the Saturday with a range of stalls in a vintage market place and vehicles from the era on display.

The North West Film Archive is also showing footage giving a glimpse into what Lancashire life was in the 1940s.

During Sunday a Family History Day runs with a chance for Preston families to trace their routes.

Both days run from 11am to 4pm. More information can be found on the Lancashire Archives website or calling 01772 533039.

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