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Lancashire Archives will open their doors to celebrate Heritage Open Days

Posted on - 2nd September, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, History, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston

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Lancashire Archives, on Bow Lane, Preston, will celebrate an annual heritage event by opening its doors to the public and encouraging people to discover their local history on Saturday 10 September.

Heritage Open Days give people the opportunity to explore their personal heritage, architecture and culture by getting involved with activities and events, the majority of which are free.

The range of activities available include tours of the archives, discovering nine miles of treasured objects, items and records.

The tours will take place at 11am, 12 noon and 1.30pm.

Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes and no booking is required.

Related: Hidden Preston to be revealed during heritage days 

Visitors can also experience a special exhibition of some of the items kept within the archives, including an original Preston Guild Roll recording the names of the Burgesses, elected at the Preston Guild Merchant of 1662.

An inventory will be showcased of the belonging of Jane Towneley of Hapton, the widow of Richard Towneley of Towneley Hall, when she died in 1634.

The inventory, written on an 18-foot-long roll of sewn parchment sheets, lists the farm animal, crops, household goods and personal effects left by Jane.

Keen photographers will be able to see some experimental 19th century photography taken by John Mercer of Great Harwood, including displays of his work achieved by printing photographs on to pieces of cotton.

Have you visited the Lancashire Archives? What are you doing on Heritage Open Days? Let us know in the comments below

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