A Selection from the Museum Archive

The museum houses a vast collection of photographs relating to South Ribble and the neighbouring areas and here we present a wide selection from our archive.


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People and the Landscape

There is no better medium than photography to depict the changes in society and culture through history. Pictures can truly paint a thousand words.

Leyland's Festival of Britain 1951

A century after the Great Exhibition of 1851 Herbert Morrison proposed that a Festival of Britain be held as 'A Tonic for Britain' and communities celebrated with gusto.

The centrepiece of Leyland’s celebrations was the purchase from the ffarington estate of Worden Park, which accordingly celebrated its Diamond Jubilee as a public park in 2011.

Events of Civic Life 1951-53

A record of civic life in a small local authority in the north of England in the early 1950s (May 1951-May 1953).

Whilst Mr & Mrs Marsden pursued a wide range of public activities, local photographer Francis Turner was on hand to record them, producing a fascinating picture of life at the start of the age of consumerism.

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