Cultural, Civic and Social History

The museum has a number of small collections, reflecting many aspects of the regions heritage.


The Royal Grants of Arms

South Ribble Borough Council came into being at midnight on the 31st March 1974. It was created by the amalgamation of the Leyland and Walton-Le-Dale Urban Districts with that portion of Preston Rural District lying south of the river. The old Urban Districts had themselves been amalgamations of parcels of villages with their own quite distinct histories and traditions, and the new authority was in many ways itself a fresh start.

Preston Rural District Council Walton-Le-Dale Urban District Council Leyland Urban District Council

Kathleen Ferrier

The singer Kathleen Ferrier was a contralto, a recipient of the gold medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the finest singer England has yet produced.

Her premature death from breast cancer in 1953 was widely mourned and was a major loss to her country. A memorial garden in Higher Walton is dedicated to her memory.

Kathleen’s career developed slowly. She made her debut in Handel’s Messiah at Westminster Abbey in 1943, and three years later her triumph in Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia brought her worldwide acclaim - soaring to even greater heights during her partnership with the conductor and Mahler specialist Bruno Walter.

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This plaque was created for the Walton-Le-Dale Urban District Council and was for many years displayed in their council offices in Station Road, Bamber Bridge. It commemorates her birth at Higher Walton in April 1912. Her father was headmaster at the village school from 1903 to August 1914 when the family moved to Blackburn.

8mm Home Movies

Long before the advent of desktop computers, FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter the only form of Social Media available was the 8mm cine home movie camera. Not really social media as such as you would have to wait around two weeks for your film to be returned from the processors before you could invite your friends and family round to sit in a darkend room while you projected your 'Home Movies' onto a screen.

Even though the standard 3 inch spool of film contained only four minutes of footage the 'Standard 8' format was very popular and many societies were formed by like minded people who appreciated this form of film making.

The museum has in its collection a number of reels containing footage which gives a unique insight into lifestyle of the 1960's. Here we present a small selection of edited highlights but the full length films are available to view at the museum.


Focus on Leyland

Produced by the Cine Group of the Leyland Photographic Society this film gives a 1960's insight into the life of the Leyland resident.

Focus on Leyland    

Home Movies

A selection from the museums collection of 8mm 'Standard 8' film clips from the 1960's depicting the social culture of the time.

Site of the New Leyland Bus Plant Leyland Walking Day Opening of the Lord Stokes Public House
Leyland Pram Race 1967 Working in the Winding Sheds Opening of the M6 Motorway 1963
Medieval Day on Worden Park Leyland Festival 1967  

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