This category relates to all things to do with history in Preston.

Tokyo Jo’s fire: No one charged and a strip of land left barren in heart of the city

Smoke billowing out from former nightclub fire Pic: Daniella Areas Mendes-da-Cruz Two years ago the centre of Preston was put into lockdown as one of the most severe fires in living memory ripped through the city. Legendary nightclub Tokyo Jo’s, or […]

3 days ago
Two years on from the Harris closing for major restoration we went exploring

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is seeing major work both inside and out Pic: Blog Preston Wrenching away coke bottles blocking up drainage pipes, dusting grade-I listed artwork and battling asbestos are just some of the challenges being faced as the Harris is given the biggest […]

1 week ago
Preston Guild Lodge’s historic banner given new lease of life

Members of Preston Guild Lodge with the restored banner A historic banner belonging to Preston Guild Lodge has been given a new lease of life. The banner was handmade and embroidered in pure silk in 1927 by the craftspeople […]

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Preston artist weaves nod to city’s heritage into new Animate Cinema complex

Bonnie Craig in front of her metal façade cladding design. An artist’s homage to the history and culture of Preston has been completed at the city’s £45 million Animate leisure complex which towers over the Market Hall. Bonnie Craig was commissioned by Maple Grove Developments, the developer delivering […]

3 weeks ago
Free event to mark 170th anniversary of The Great Preston Lock-Out

Depiction of striking workers in the Great Preston Lock-Out A free event is taking place to mark the the 170th anniversary of The Great Preston Lock-Out. The University of Central Lancashire History team will host the evening, which will […]

3 weeks ago
Statue of WW1 Corporal donated to Penwortham school memorial garden

Tommy with John Winders, gardener Chris Farron (second left) Principal Matt Eastham (third left), Lead Teacher for History Alistair Eccles (second right) and Priory's Head Prefects. A new addition to a war memorial garden has been unveiled at a secondary school in Penwortham. Penwortham Priory Academy were donated a statue of Corporal Tommy, which stands in […]

3 weeks ago
Rock FM name said on airwaves for a final time

Three decades of Rock FM being said on air came to an end this week. The radio station is one of dozens across the UK to lose its locally recognised […]

1 month ago
Preston Caribbean Carnival granted funding for 50th anniversary event in May

Preston Caribbean Carnival procession 2023 Pic: Mark McLoughlin Preston Caribbean Carnival has been granted funding for the 50th anniversary event taking place this year. Organisers say they are planning an event bigger and better than ever before to […]

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