Archive service 75th anniversary bash

Lancashire Archives is hosting an event this weekend. Photo copyright: Cavendish Press.
Lancashire Archives is hosting an event this weekend. Photo copyright: Cavendish Press.

The 75th anniversary of Lancashire County Council’s archive service will be celebrated this weekend at its base in Bow Lane, Preston.

Free family activities to mark the celebration are planned for Saturday and Sunday April 25 and 26.

Saturday will be a 1940s inspired day including a range of stalls in a vintage market place and vehicles from the period.

Visitors will also be to watch film from the North West Film Archive showing what life in Lancashire was like in the 1940s, have their hair done in the vintage pop-up hair salon and listen to the Company of Voyces choir sing a selection of songs from the period.

The event will get under way at 11am and finish at 4pm.

Lancashire families looking to trace their roots will find plenty of inspiration at the special Family History Day on Sunday, April 26.

From 11am to 4pm, budding genealogists as well as the more experienced will have the chance to enjoy some hands-on practical online history sessions.

Visitors will be able to get expert guidance from Lancashire County Council’s Archives conservation team, other archive services and family history societies.

Victoria McCann, a Lancashire County Council senior archivist, said: “On the Saturday, alongside the fabulous vintage stalls, we’ll also have some great exhibits on show, including vehicles.

“We’d love it if people could come along in period dress to add to the atmosphere of the day!

“On Sunday visitors are welcome to bring along documents of their own that they would like identifying or undated photographs and our conservation team will be on hand to give advice.

“Also celebrity family history secrets might come to light as we’ll be researching some famous Lancastrians, Eric Morecambe, John Inman and Jeremiah Horrocks!

“We’ll also have some of our most important archives on display and there will be ‘behind the scenes’ tours throughout the weekend to give people the chance to find out more about what we do.” For more information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/archives, telephone 01772 533039 or emailrecord.office@lancashire.gov.uk.