Made in Preston and the surrounding area.
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Great things have been made in the area and some still are: most of the RAF's current fighter aircraft, such as Eurofighter Typhoon, and Leyland Trucks.
Previously buses like the Leyland Atlantean and its predecessors, Atkinsons Vehicles, the Deltic prototype locomotive, 1000's of trams and large electric motors, miles of cotton woven and rayon fabric.
Manufacture of printing presses was a sophisticated and big industry from 1860 to 2006. Many smaller manufacturers made machinery for the cotton mills and hand tools. Wireworking such as fencing, sheeting and ornaments was significant.
Companies such as Horrocks, Dick Kerr's(English Electric), Joseph Foster(Goss), Leyland Motors, Leyland Rubber(BTR), Leyland Paints were well known nationally in their time. Slingers and Starkies were well known locally.
Inventions from Preston like the Arkwright water frame spinning machine that transformed cotton manufacturing and made a big contribution to the machine age.
Harris Museum & Art Gallery Conservation Day 11th Oct 2014
Watching curators and conservators at work in the Harris. Cataloguing Beattie's paintings of the area. The 2 paintings being catalogued during my visit were a painting of the barque Sirene wrecked and beached next to North Pier at Blackpool and the old Preston Town Hall prior to 1762.
Another area of interest was cleaning coins. A new coin display is being set up, one will have coins from Preston's Banking history and another will be the Rossall Hoard found near Fleetwood.
Several other displays were presented, the curator of Discovering Preston was cleaning a ceremonial wheelbarrow used during the digging of the first turf for the railway in Preston. Shoes and dresses were being catalogued and stored properly. Cleaning of bronzes by a conservator was also demonstrated. Photos from these are on our Facebook page and Harris page..
Heritage Open Days in Preston 13th / 14th Sept 2014
Another fine day, visited The Dock Control Room, Lancashire Reords Office, the tiled room on the corner of Lune Street on Saturday and the Museum Conservation Studio on Sunday.
The Dock Control Room included a talk which was interesting about the Dock and the channel to the sea. The Ribble Steam Railway needs the road closing whenever it crosses the swing bridge and there are 3 access points with arms that need lowering.
We walked into the centre of Preston via Bow Lane and the Lancashire Records Office, and visited the building on the corner of Lune Street that has kept its old interior. Then walked to the Flag Market.
Preston Council Parks department win gold at RHS Tatton 2014. Read more in parks
Recently refound: 50 years ago PNE were Wembley bound and here's my FA Cup semi-final ticket. Thought lost but found inside a book in 2014.
Another ticket found tucked into an old book in November 2014. We sat quite close but didn't realise how close at the Beatles concert in Preston 1963.
Preston Cenotaph cleaned and smartened for 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, 4th August 1914.
Preston Bus Station. The brutalist building was Grade II listed in September 2013. Sun rising on a cold winters day in January 2013. Our car is parked in there.
Things to do:
A great collection of locos, workshop and an operating service. Deltic prototype made in Preston and at the museum, courtesy of the NRM. Become a 'friend'.
A stunning collection of vehicles and a massive archive. Become a 'friend'.
Preston's pride. A Grade 1 listed building housing excellent museum collections and art all displayed to a very high standard. Become a 'friend'.
Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston.
A good collection of pieces relating to the history of Lancashire: cotton, engineering, police, military, war, nature and entertainment. Next to Preston Prison and in the street named after the highest family of the north west.
An interesting display of military history and awards housed in the best preserved Chartist Barracks in Britain.
Join Preston Historical Society
Preston has an active and popular historical society who meet at the Minster. Find a link to their website on our links page. Excellent logo don't you think?
Alston Hall Courses
Friendly Alston Hall just east of Preston and set in the beautiful and tranquil Ribble Valley has a programme of courses throughout the year. Art, Craft, Music, Humanities and more for beginners to the accomplished. This shows their 2014 Spring / Summer catalogue, the autumn / winter one is around. Their website is on our links page or you can ring them on 01772 784661.
Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust
Recently ran a free service between the 4 museums in Preston. Ribble Motors once the largest bus company in the northwest and based in Frenchwood, Preston. Although I discovered this bus isn't one of theirs, but it's a Ribble.
Monthly PNE status since 2005, click here. Updated April 2014.
Deepdale, home of Preston North End. Nice ground next to a park, and close to Deepdale retail centre.
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See our pages of touring out of Preston to transport related museums and other wonders, many containing Made in Preston objects.