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Bring Preston’s past to life in glorious full colour with a new extensive photo archive

Posted on - 6th November, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Nostalgia, Preston News
Rolling Stones at The Public Hall, Preston, 31 January 1964 (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

As Preston heads into another lockdown with the rest of England, a new online picture archive has been launched, allowing people to celebrate, share and remember what unites us.

Take a trip down memory lane, into fond memories of yesteryear, with the launch of a brand new feature on InYourArea. 

It’s a handy online tool which allows you to transform your own nostalgic Preston pictures into glorious colour.

Iconic photographs can be colourised on Memory Lane, allowing you to see precious moments in all their glory.

=A new survey has shown 80 per cent of the UK have not digitised their visual history, so now could be the perfect opportunity for you to do just that.

Despite events being cancelled nationwide, the new tool allows people to celebrate and share moments like bonfire night, Remembrance Sunday and so many more.

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Memory Lane has also been backed by broadcaster, author and historian Professor Kate Williams.

Take a trip down memory lane below



According to the newly commissioned nostalgia survey for Memory Lane:

  • 67 per cent of the population are looking for something that brings them comfort
  • More than half of UK adults are thinking about what we did before the pandemic
  • Almost a third of the population are looking at old photographs to get themselves through these strange times.

So Memory Lane wants the people of Preston to preserve, discover, celebrate and share the images which matter to them as we enter another challenging phase of the pandemic.

Football Teams Preston North End Football Club July 1973 Team Group picture. A dressed up look instead of a playing kit, for Bobby Charlton, a new role for the Preston manager surveying his team

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Professor Kate Williams said: “Photographs are one of the most important social documents we have access to, allowing us to understand society and communities from different generations.

“We learn so much more about our past when we look at the photographs of everyday people. If important images languish in the loft, there is a real danger they may be lost forever.”

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Will you be using the Memory Lane feature to colourise your favourite Preston photographs? Let us know in the comments below.

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