Padiham past comes to life in archives exhibition

Padiham Youth Club 1960s - Padiham Archives
Padiham Youth Club 1960s - Padiham Archives

Padiham’s history will come to life at the town’s annual archives exhibition.

Now in its 11th year, hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to the ballroom in Padiham Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th.

Padiham Coronation 1953 Adamson Street

Padiham Coronation 1953 Adamson Street

Visitors can take a walk down memory lane as they take in over 100 years of photographs and memorabilia.

The exhibition will include school photographs dating back to the 1890s, a superb collection of photographs developed from 1920s glass negatives taken by the town’s photographer Edgar Bradshaw, a photographic study of Padiham’s retail trade in the early 1900s comparing individual shops with the current traders, “The Bobby Ashworth (retired Padiham tobacconist) Collection” of photographs and much more.

The exhibition will run from 10am to 4pm on both days.

Exhibition organiser Ann Clark said: “The exhibition has become a well-established annual event in the town’s calendar with lots of visitors researching their roots and sharing their memories of Padiham.”

Miss Mullard, Padiham Archives exhibition

Miss Mullard, Padiham Archives exhibition

Admission is £2, children free, with all proceeds going to the Padiham Archives Group fund. Refreshments will be available.

Also open will be Padiham’s Archive Museum which has been developed over the past nine years, filled with photographs and memorabilia donated by townspeople, including the unique water clock which came to Padiham in the 1930s.

It opens on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. For information on visiting the Archives Museum at other times ring 01282 771694.