Photos: Padiham Archives exhibition marks Great War

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Padiham Archives exhibition.

The two-day event, which brings the town’s heritage and history to life in photos, letters, memorabillia and art work, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 27th and 28th, at Padiham Town Hall. Since it was launched the exhibition has become one of the highlights in the town’s calendar and hundreds of visitors are expected this year.

Volunteer soldiers march along Station Road towards Padiham Railway Station, 1915

Volunteer soldiers march along Station Road towards Padiham Railway Station, 1915

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the centrepiece of the exhibition will be a poignant collection of photos and information on Padiham’s 320 soldiers who gave their lives. Alongside this will be research and artwork completed by children from the town’s four primary schools on the Great War. Visitors can also see photos of Huntroyde Hall as a military hospital during that time. Retired tobacconist Bobby Ashworth has also donated a selection of his work for the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 10am to 4pm on both days and admission is £2, children are free. All the proceeds will be donated to Padiham Archives Group.

During the weekend, Padiham Archive Museum will be open for visitors to see the permanent collection that has built up over a decade. Filled with items donated by Padiham people, you can also see the unique water clock which came to the town inthe 1930s.

Exhibition organiser Mrs Ann Clark said: “The exhibition has become a well established annual event in the town’s calendar with many visitors having the chance to research their roots and share their memories of Padiham.”

Padiham Archives Museum is open every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and anyone who would like more information is asked to ring 01282 771694.