Competition offers a window on the heritage of Kirkham
Kirkham residents are being asked to get creative this Easter and celebrate their historic town’s heritage as part of a £3.5m regeneration project.
A series of special events and workshops are being launched as part of Kirkham Treasures – an interactive heritage programme designed to commemorate the Fylde coast market town’s proud history through the art, words and stories of local people.
The first event is the creation of a special Heritage Treasure Trail which will see scenes from Kirkham’s past recreated in the windows of homes and shops.
The trail – staged between April 5 and 11 – will be made up of home-made silhouettes telling the story of Kirkham from its origins as a major Roman fortress, through its time as a thriving textile mill town to its vital role in both World Wars and beyond.
The project is open to everyone with prizes on offer for the best window displays.
Funded by Historic England, Fylde Council and Kirkham Town Council, the £3.5m four-year HS HAZ programme is designed to revive the high street, restore local historic character, revitalise disused buildings, improve health and well-being and develop a new cultural vision for the town.
Working with renowned artist Alex Blakey, Kirkham Cultural Consortium has planned an activity programme for all ages which includes opportunities for aspiring artists, budding writers and anyone interested in local history.
Helen Juste, Kirkham Cultural Consortium’s cultural producer, said: “The window art could feature the Roman Fort, medieval Kirkham, the old markets, the flax mills, Kirkham at War, Club Days – any era or event you can think of.
“To create an exciting Heritage Trail, we need as many local people, schools, and businesses as possible to take part and I’m delighted many local shops have agreed to display artwork. Kirkham will become a real treasure trove of art, showcasing what makes the town unique.”
The display judged the best will win a luxury hamper courtesy of Morrison’s supermarket and the first 200 people to submit images of their artwork on display to the Kirkham Treasures website will receive a free Easter egg, again courtesy of Morrison’s.
All the artwork, research and stories gathered throughout the Kirkham Treasures project will form the basis of a final piece of art.
For more information on all the opportunities and how to get involved in the Kirkham Window Heritage Treasure Trail visit www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk
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