Delving into the past to bring the hidden past out into the open

UCLan SU  Heritage Lottery Young Roots project  L-R UCLan SU Campaigns Office Lucy Haigh, James Arnold, History Curator at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, UCLan SU Activities and Participation Officer Tom Daley, UCLan SU President Josie Linsel and UCLan SU Media Officer Hannah Mason.

UCLan SU Heritage Lottery Young Roots project L-R UCLan SU Campaigns Office Lucy Haigh, James Arnold, History Curator at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, UCLan SU Activities and Participation Officer Tom Daley, UCLan SU President Josie Linsel and UCLan SU Media Officer Hannah Mason.

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The intriguing history of Preston’s university is being brought to life following the launch of a student project backed by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

UCLan Through the Ages is a new 18 month-long project based at the University of Central Lancashire Students’ Union (SU) which aims to explore UCLan’s history and connection with the city, local community and the wider Lancashire area through student led activities, heritage events and volunteering.

UCLan Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth gets into the spirit of Through the Ages

UCLan Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth gets into the spirit of Through the Ages

Students’ Union has obtained £49,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme and plans to make the invisible history of UCLan and Preston visible.

Working with the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the students plan to hold a variety of exhibitions and workshops looking at how the city has changed, examining how political activism has shaped the city, with additional help from the People’s History Museum in Manchester, and uncovering local stories.

These free heritage events will have a much wider community in mind so that local people and students can share and celebrate Preston’s rich local history together.

Activities in the pipeline will include historical tours of the city, educational workshops and exhibitions as well as a photography competition and developing a ‘UCLan through the ages’ local history app for mobile phones.

The aim is to make students and the community more aware of Preston’s fascinating history and allow them to develop new skills.

At the official launched at an event on campus called UCLan: Unveiling a Hidden History, guests were invited to take a selfie with a UCLan founder, try fashions from UCLan’s past and contribute their history to a UCLan Timeline. Traditional Lancashire food was also available to sample as the project team encouraged people to share ideas for the initiative.

SU President Josie Linsel said: “This project will create exciting new ways for our UCLan students to connect with the history, heritage and communities of Preston and the wider area. I can’t wait to see what the students achieve.”

To find out more contact www.facebook.com/UCLanThroughtheAges and @UCLanHeritage on Twitter, or email gashcroft@uclan.ac.uk with any thoughts or ideas.