Lancashire Archives, on Bow Lane, in Preston, will be putting on regular activities including talks and events throughout the year for people to enjoy.
Most of the activities are free, and include a Chinese New Year celebration event on 29 January, from 3pm to 5.30pm. The occasion includes drop-in workshops on Chinese calligraphy, an exhibition of a letter from Elizabeth 1 to the Emperor of China, and talks. There is no need to book a place at the event, just turn up.
An event to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Lancashire Archives will take place on Sunday 1 March from 11am to 3pm. At this event, the Preston Family History Society will hold surgeries, and other local and family history organisations will be on hand to offer help and advice. Some of the objects from the family and estate collections will also be on display. People attending the event will also be able to enjoy a behind the scenes tour. There is no need to book a place at this event, just turn up.
A walk around Thurnham Hall will take place on Friday 19 June at 2pm. The history of the Dalton family, who lived at the hall, and the story of the hall and the archive collection relating to these will be discussed. Booking is essential as places are limited, and tickets cost £10 to attend.
A talk about a selection of the unusual and interesting items in the collection will take place on Friday 13 November, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. This event is also free to attend and there is no need to book, just turn up.
Family History Fridays, are also free to attend and there is no need to book, just turn up. These take place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
In addition to the regular events that will take place, there are thousands of fascinating items available at the archives for people to use for activities including tracing their family history, or researching where they live.
There’s an amazing range of interesting objects and records, including documents, images, maps, films and books for people to explore, for free.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We are very proud of our Lancashire Archives.
“Taking part in the majority of the events will be free, to make it as easy and accessible for as many people as possible to come along.
“The events that we hold are an opportunity for visitors to discover the stories, the places and the people that have helped to shape our communities and develop our sense of place and identity.
“There’s a wealth and variety of material in the Archives, including nine miles of shelves filled with documentation such as parish registers and wills which are excellent resources for people to use.
“Anyone is welcome to come along and discover their inner historian. However old you are, and whether a history enthusiast or beginner, there will be something for everyone.”
The office is open as follows:
Monday – closed
Tuesday – Friday 9.30am-5.00pm
It is also open on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm and the second Tuesday of each month until 7pm.
More information about the events is available at bit.ly/ArchivesEB