Celebrations to put county’s historical past in the spotlight

Picture Shows: (L-R) Circa 1968 Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise

Picture Shows: (L-R) Circa 1968 Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise

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Archivists in Lancashire are planning a historical celebration with a difference.

A weekend of activities is on the cards to mark the 75th anniversary of Lancashire County Council’s archive service.

Saturday April 25 will be a 1940s inspired day - with a a range of stalls in a vintage market place and vehicles from the era.

Visitors will also be to watch film from the North West Film Archive showing what life in Lancashire was like back in the 1940s.

Other attractions will include a chance to get 40s style hairdo in the vintage pop-up hair salon and listen to the Company of Voyces choir sing a selection of songs from the period.

People looking to trace their roots will be able to get some expert help and hands-on experience from the archives conservation team, other archive services and family history societies on the Sunday.

Senior archivist Victoria McCann said: “On the Saturday, alongside the fabulous vintage stalls, we’ll also have some great exhibits on show, including vehicles.”

She added: “On Sunday visitors can bring along documents of their own that they would like identifying or undated photographs.”

Important archives will also be on display and research will be done into famous Lancastrians including Eric Morecambe, John Inman and Jeremiah Horrocks.