History

Baptist Church Fishergate 1903 Featured Image

Church clocks and others from around old Preston to present day

With the current debate about the non functioning clock of the Baptist Church in Fishergate, we started to think of other clocks around the old town that have vanished and what they meant to Prestonians over time gone by. Indeed, the Baptist Church clock in Fishergate is very well known by most of the inhabitants of Preston and many will remember a time when it […]

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roman coins

Can you unravel the mystery of the Rossall Hoard of Roman Coins at the Harris Museum?

Harris Museum & Art Gallery want you to help solve the mystery of the Rossall Hoard of Roman Coins. As part of their Money Matters project, they have been researching their coin and notes collection to discover their origins. The project is made possible by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Collections Fund and the Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. The coins on display […]

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Miller Arcade on the right from when the trams still ran Pic: Preston Digital Archive

Postcards from Preston: Looking back at Miller Arcade, Market Place and Walton le Dale

Take a walk back in time with some tinted postcards from the Preston Digital Archive. They show Preston when it used to have trams running, the splendour of the Miller Arcade and the old Town Hall clock tower. The old Market Place also features in the postcards published by R.C.Elliott, with the artwork by Edwin Beattie.   Walton-le-Dale is seen viewed from Fishwick with factory […]

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery faces onto the Flag Market

Preston family history sessions taking place every Friday

Prestonians wanting to research their family history can get a helping hand in the city centre each week. The Harris Library runs a family history surgery every Friday. The event is free to attend and runs 5.15-6.45pm. Volunteers are on hand who will help you research your family tree. You may also want to look at the Mystery Photos of Preston section

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Raft race in 1981 down the Ribble

Penwortham magazine takes nostalgic trip back to 1980s

A lookback at the history of Penwortham has been published in the monthly Penwortham magazine. Put together by local resident Heather Crook it takes a nostalgic trip back to the Penwortham of the past. It includes a look at the a raft race down the Ribble in the early 1980s. There were certainly some unusual characters powering the rafts which set off from the Old […]

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Ken Hudson, Bill Shannon, Carl Crompton and Jonathan Saksena with the Guild Book

Commemorative book to celebrate the Preston Guild in 2012 goes on display at the Harris Museum

A commemorative book to mark the 2012 Preston Guild has gone on display at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Illustrator and calligrapher Robin Utracik was commissioned to produce a 27th Guild Book. The book captures the spirit and moments of the Guild for all of history to see. Utracik of Northern Studios took his inspiration from the 1952 Guild book. It includes a list […]

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