Museum Exhibitions & Activities

The museum holds regular exhibitions and free activities ranging from talks and lectures to demonstrations and hands on workshops. Many activities reflect the theme of the exhibition held at the time.

Unless otherwise stated the events run from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

4th to 29th July - Exhibition

Recent Archaeology in Preston & South Ribble

Featuring the Preston Dock Excavations, the Worden & Cuerdale Hoards, the Preston Friary and Penwortham Priory excavations, the Farington Moss deposits, and Roman Walton-le-Dale.

8th July (Saturday)

'Older than the Pyramids; 5000 years of archaeology in South Ribble'

David Hunt. Featuring the mysteries of the mosses, the Preston Dock skulls, Romans at Walton and Leyland and the spectacular Cuerdale Hoard.

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

15th July (Saturday)

‘Hell Holes, Moss Houses and Meanygates: South Ribble’s lost Moss-lands’

Dr Bill Shannon. The remarkable story of the exploitation and reclamation of the great wetlands which underlie much of Penwortham, Bamber Bridge and Farington. The identity of the superstore which perches on the edge of the ‘Hell Holes’ to be revealed!

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

20th July (Thursday)

Film of the excavations within Penwortham Parish Church

Starts at 2.00pm in the museum exhibition room

 

22nd July (Saturday)

'The Solar Eclipse of 1927'

Crowds flocked to Denham Hill to see this long remembered National celebration of astronomy. Lecture and display of solar telescopes by Graham McLoughlin (Preston Astronomical Society).

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

23rd July (Sunday)

The Cuerdale Hoard

Walk to find the location is approx. 3 miles. Meet David Hunt in the car park of St.Leonard's church, Church Brow, Walton-le-Dale. Stiles, strong shoes needed, our motto is 'We Shall Have Rain'

2.00pm start

27th July (Thursday)

Film of the excavations within Penwortham Parish Church

Starts at 2.00pm in the museum exhibition room

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

29th July (Saturday)

The worst roads I ever rode in my life: Getting about in pre-industrial Lancashire’

Lecture with Diana Winterbotham, former Local Studies Librarian with Lancashire County Council. From Morecambe Bay to Blackstone Edge, the realities of travel for ordinary folk in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries as revealed in their diaries and letters.

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

1st August to 30th September - Exhibition

The Story of Leyland

How a rustic village in the pocket of the ffarington family for generations, evolved into the industrial powerhouse.

5th August (Saturday)

Embroidery Workshop with Celia Whittaker.

From 10.30am to 12.30pm in the museum exhibition room.

 

12th August (Saturday)

A History of Rubber in Leyland

Illustrated talk. Ron Christopher

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

19th August (Saturday)

Clock Workshop. ‘Novelty Clocks’

With Stewart Whillis

From 10.30am to 12.30pm in the museum exhibition room.

26th August (Saturday)

Leyland’s Ancient Grammar School - A tale of survival through five centuries of Austerity

Illustrated talk. David Hunt. The museum is one of the 70 Museum ‘Objects’ selected by ‘Lancashire Life’ to tell the story of Lancashire!

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

2nd September (Saturday)

Dr. Richard Kuerden: Father of Lancashire History

An illustrated talk with Dr W.Shannon. As a boy at the school and later a governor here, Kuerden rose to be one of the leading proponents of local history of his day. Though virtually unknown today, current research will restore his reputation as one of the fathers of the History of Lancashire.

Starts at 11.00am in the exhibition room

Do visit these other sites for more events and activities in the region

South Ribble Councils' What's On Calendar 'Visit South Ribble' Website 'Visit Leyland' Website Lancashire Museums

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