Museum of Lancashire and Conservation Studios visit 29/04/15

Members of our community groups enjoyed a day trip to Museum of Lancashire in Preston on Wednesday, which included a guided tour of the Conservation Studios later in the day.

IMG_1320

The conservation studios are housed a beautiful Victorian church called St Mary’s, which at one time had one of the largest congregations. The modern building almost sits inside the church – the beautifully preserved stone walls and stained glass windows working as a shell around the studios.

We began the day in the Museum of Lancashire, where the group were free to independently explore the museum. There was a lot to explore, including exhibitions on archaeology, the war years and local history and stories. For the Treasure Trove project, the entertainment exhibition was particularly interesting. This exhibition covered Lancashire characters and entertainers including the marvellous Hylda Baker. There were some lovely seaside stories and photographs from along the coast – Morcambe, Lytham and of course, Blackpool. Members of the Blackpool Embroiderers’ Guild have found a comical Blackpool themed song they are particularly interested in using for their pop up museum, which was also a part of the exhibition.

IMG_1306

IMG_1300

IMG_1294

IMG_1311

IMG_1309

Having a listen to the comical Blackpool song!

IMG_1314

Steve in the Anderson Shelter

In the afternoon, we went over to St Mary’s, where we got an introduction to the conservation studios. The group was split into two groups and taken on separate tours. During the tours, the groups received a short talk by conservators working on different areas, for example, paintings, paper, textile and sculpture. Each conservator talked to the group about items they were currently working on, which were on display for the group to see. Members of the Embroiderers’ Guild were fascinated by a piece of embroidery made by embroiderers of Middleton near Manchester. Individuals had embroidered landmarks and areas of Middleton, which had been sewn together on a great big canvas. This was a piece currently being conserved by the textile conservator.

IMG_1318

An introduction to the Conservation Centre!

IMG_1085

IMG_1097

Thank you to Museum of Lancashire and the Conservation Centre for a wonderful day. We hope those that attended found some further inspiration for their pop up museums.

HLF

blackpool council 1

Volunteer centre 1

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Museum of Lancashire and Conservation Studios visit 29/04/15

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s