We have all sorts of different artefacts donated to Prescot Museum, one special example is historian Dennis Moore’s reference books and research notes, purchased by Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum and gifted to the collection.
The Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum (FOKGPM) was established in June 2017, with the primary aim of providing educational activities which are free and accessible to all to enable everyone to engage with heritage and culture, supporting the public and educational programmes of Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum. An important aspect of the Friends’ work is to donate relevant, worthy items to the gallery or museum, when an opportunity arises.
In 2018, FOKGPM were invited to purchase a selection of books and research files centred on horology and local trades from Paul Moore, son of the late Dennis Moore, a well respected and much treasured volunteer researcher at Prescot Museum from the late 1980s onwards. The Friends’ wonderful donation enriched Prescot Museum’s existing reference library, and it has been relocated to the ground floor of Prescot Museum to make it more accessible to our volunteers and the public (via appointment), rather than being upstairs in the Store.
In recognition of Dennis’s incredible contribution to research undertaken at Prescot Museum and National Museums Liverpool, we have additionally noted in the books purchased from his personal collection, a credit to his work and support. We have also renamed the reference library in his honour. Over the years, Dennis’s diligent notemaking and countless hours of sifting through records, censuses, trade directories, church registers and other documents has led to the creation of numerous databases of workers involved in various local industries, and solved many family history mysteries!
Sadly, access to the Dennis Moore Reference Library is unavailable at the moment while we’re closed, but the good news is that you can download lots of our research resources here and look through the list of volumes available ready for when we re-open.