The History of Lancashire in 70 Objects project is taking shape
PUBLISHED: 16:44 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:55 19 June 2017
We have selected the items that will form our History of Lancashire in 70 Objects.
After months of voting online and in museums, galleries and heritage centres across Lancashire, we have selected the items which will tell a History of Lancashire in 70 Objects.
Hundreds of pieces from collections across the country palatine were put forward for the ambitious project and the final list was decided after a lengthy discussion.
The project, which has attracted £55,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is part of the celebrations of Lancashire Life’s 70th anniversary.
We are working with the county Museums Service and Museums Development North West and the full list will be revealed in three successive issues of Lancashire Life later in the year.
Lancashire Life deputy editor Paul Mackenzie said: ‘Wherever you live in Lancashire, you’re sure to not be far from at least one of the objects. It is a wonderfully eclectic collection which covers a huge timespan – our oldest object dates from three million years ago, our most recent from last year.
‘We are so grateful to all the venues which have got involved and to all the people who have voted for their favourites objects, either in person at a museum or online.’
Hundreds of items were put forward for the project and venues came up with a variety of ways to poll their visitors on which should be their final nomination. Some had ballot boxes in the museum, others ran online votes and some involved their wider communities in choosing their object.
Project co-ordinator Jennifer Ingham said: ‘It has been fascinating to see which objects have been nominated. It hasn’t always been the obvious items from a museum’s collection, but each of the objects on the final list has a great story attached to it.’
* To keep up to date with the project, follow the project on Twitter at @70_objects or search with the hashtag #Lancashire70
Three items which didn’t make the final list
Shuttle and pirn
A weaver at Bancroft Mill in Barnoldswick would have been in charge of six or eight looms and would have stopped each one every eight minutes or so to change a shuttle like this one. The pirn (stick) would have had a length of cotton yarn, known as the ‘weft’, wound around it and would have been inserted into the shuttle which was then ‘flicked’ across the loom between the warp threads. The mill wove around 200,000 yards of cotton cloth each week and weavers were paid ‘piece-rate’ for the cloth they individually produced.
Fair Trade plaque
There are now more than 1,850 Fair Trade Towns around the world, but the first was Garstang. The title was bestowed after a local Oxfam campaign encouraged representatives from the council, schools, faith groups, businesses and community groups to sign a pledge agreeing to use Fairtrade and local produce when able. This plaque was unveiled by actor Tony Robinson in November 2001 and now forms part of The FIG Tree exhibition which is currently at Lancaster Priory but may return to Garstang later this year.
A set of three mahogany throne chairs, one of which is seven feet to the crest rail, which are used by the three principal officers during Masonic Lodge meetings. The chairs have been in almost daily use since the mid to late 18th century and until 1933, when the purpose built Masonic Hall was opened, they would have been moved from venue to venue around Warrington. The chairs are in the ownership of Lodge of Lights, No. 148, the oldest Lodge in Warrington, which was consecrated 1765.