A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects
Although Knowsley is now part of Merseyside, the townships of Knowsley were originally part of the County Palatine of Lancashire. This year marks 70 years of Lancashire Life magazine, so to celebrate, they created a project to capture the history of Lancashire in 70 objects from museums, galleries and historic houses from the area.
Prescot Museum put forward five objects to a public vote to see which was thought best to represent Knowsley’s heritage. The winner was a framed display of watch and chronometer hands, made by William Preston of Eccleston Street, Prescot c.1862. At that time, individual highly-skilled workers across our local area made specialist tools and separate components for watches that were shipped out across the world and known for their quality. Lancashire Life agreed that they told an important story, so they were selected to be one of the 70!
Pick up your own copy of the special spotter’s guides which show the 70 venues and objects, then see if you can visit them all. Prescot Museum will also feature in Lancashire Life magazine!
The pilot project, Meeting Point1 saw nine museums in the North East and Yorkshire each commission a new contemporary work inspired by their museum and its collections. Meeting Point2 covers the whole of the North of England, and the Arts&Heritage team will be working closely with museum staff, artists and contemporary art curators to bring both sectors together.
Prescot Museum are commissioning collaborative artists Owl Project to create a new piece inspired by the collection and the heritage of the area. Find out more here
Timandra Nichols of Arts&Heritage said, “As well as showcasing new pieces of contemporary art by some of the UK’s most exciting artists, Meeting Point2 is also about supporting museums to develop the skills and confidence to work with and commission artists long into the future. The feedback we’ve received from participants in the Meeting Point pilot has shown the programme can make a huge impact and we’re looking forward to working with a new round of museums on Meeting Point2 in 2017.”
Preserving the Past with the Present
Since 2014, Prescot Museum and 37 Signals Regiment at Alamein Barracks have been working in partnership, sharing knowledge and expertise.
The Local Heroes, Distant Voices exhibition told the stories of soldiers from the Knowsley area in the First World War through to the present day in a number of our venues; some of the displays remain in Prescot Museum’s lobby areas.
It is part of a larger project called Preserving the Past with the Present, for the Future supported by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund. Visit the website to find out more
The mini museum project is at the heart of Prescot Museum’s aim to make their collection of objects and photographs more accessible to the public. These exciting displays are best suited to schools and community spaces, encouraging interest in the social history of Knowsley. Numerous schools and venues have hosted mini museums since The Prescot School (formerly Knowsley Park Centre for Learning) was the first to take part in 2014 to complement the Local Heroes, Distant Voices exhibition.
Prescot Museum will happily work with schools on creating their own heritage display, so if you have a project coming up exploring local history, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding is in place for the mini museums to be free to loan until the end of March 2018 (average loan is 3-6 months), after this time, there may be a small charge. A Luton van with tail-lift is needed to deliver them (again, at no charge until end of March 2018).