Preston Historical Society open day as part of the National Heritage weekend

Posted on - 10th September, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, History, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

PHS Meeting at St. John's Minster


On Saturday 13 September the Preston Historical Society will be holding their annual open day at St John’s Minster as part of Preston’s National Heritage Open Days events. Anyone who has an interest in Preston’s rich history should not miss this great opportunity to discover some fascinating facts of what once was one of the finest towns in England.

Many of the society’s books on Preston’s history, Guild ephemera and other forms of literature will be on show, along with such interesting artefacts as a piece of plasterwork from the former Public Hall which will be exhibited with much, much more items of historical interest.

During the day Steve Halliwell will be available to talk to visitors about Preston’s former (and some current) public houses and hotels based on his excellent website, Preston’s Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses. Steve will also have on sale copies of his newly published book ‘Preston Pubs’.

The publisher of The Preston Magazine, Heather Crook of  will also be on hand with the latest copies of the magazine and to assist people with their queries.  Many people and local historians have contributed to this great Preston booklet and there is always something of interest for all those who love some of the lesser known facts in Preston’s history.

A special feature of the Market Square and how its use has changed over a few hundred years will be on display. This exhibit is illustrated with images from the past and describes how it was used during war time, which gives reason why the Preston Remembers project are lifting the lid on Preston’s role played in WWI.

With a full day of viewing, history quizzes, film shows and all set in one of Preston’s oldest and finest churches, you can be sure of a fascinating and interesting time there.

Members of the PHS committee will be on hand to provide visitors with assistance and information of the society’s collections and there will be light refreshments available all day and a chance to purchase Preston Guild 2012 merchandise at vastly reduced prices.

The open day session will be from 10am until 4pm Saturday 13 September 2014.

For further information you can contact the society by email on
or by going to the website or Facebook page or Twitter.

Do you think that you will go to this event? Let us know in the comments below.

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