South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre

Photos and other artefacts in a local history museum display
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The Leyland Free Grammar School was established by Henry ffarington in 1524, and the present building was probably erected on this site about 1580. Although extended a century later most of the structure has been changed very little. The building is a three-bay oak framed structure in typical sixteenth century local style, located in the NE corner of the Leyland Parish Church grounds.

In the 1790s a small but typical 'handloom weaver's house' was added to accomodate the school master and his wife. Among the many locals educated here were Richard Jackson (alias Dr Kuerden one of the fathers of the History of Lancashire) and the RC martyr John Woodcock. The school survived here until 1874, when a local industrialist safeguarded it for the use of the local community.

After various church-based uses it was acquired by South Ribble Borough Council in 1978, restored, and opened as the Borough's Museum & Exhibition Centre. The school room is used for art exhibitions and Saturday events of all kinds (Origami to Clocks!) and the unchanged upper rooms house our small but interesting museum collection. The Centre is staffed by our army of over 60 volunteer attendants, and we are at the heart of the local community - as the school has thus been for nearly five hundred years.
See D.Hunt (1990) A History of Leyland & District

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues Fri 1000-1600
Thurs 1300-1600
Sat 1000-1300
Christmas Period Closed

Closed: Christmas Eve to New Year
Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday

Admission charges

No admission charges: donations

Additional info

We are a small timber-framed largely Tudor building. Our main floors are all on different levels and the upper floor is approached by a steep staircase. Direct wheelchair access is thus restricted to the entrance room. Notwithstanding our best efforts, progress beyond this area is not accessible for wheelchairs.

To offset this difficulty, a film is shown on continuous loop describing the areas of the building which are not accessible. Specific items can usually be made accessible for viewing.

Includes finds from E.E.Pickering's 1946-58 excavations on the Roman supply base at Walton-le-Dale. Small economic and socisl history collections reflect the South Ribble district's economic development (textiles/cloth bleaching etc). Large photograph collection pertaining to the Leyland area. Well balanced, but very small, town museum collection, but this means that most items can readily be viewed given reasonable notice.

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Broadfield Bleach Works sample books
  • Walton-le-Dale Roman finds
  • Kathleen Ferrier memorial Civic Address
  • Leyland photograph collection
  • Local geological collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The spade speaks ...of Roman, Viking and Norman discoveries in South Ribble

  • 7 July — 29 August 2015

The exhibition includes the finds from Ernest Pickering's Roman excavations at Walton-le-Dale in the 1950s: Charles Hardwick's dig at Penwortham Castle in the 1850s, and coins fronm the discovery of the Cuerdale Hoard in 1840, courtesy of the Harris Museum, Preston.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1946

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Forty years wandering amongst the dead? The memoirs of an archaeology student'

  • 11 July 2015 11am-12pm

Illustrated talk by Dr David Hunt describing his work on the Chambered Tombs of Scotland, and his career subsequently as the curator of a small museum in Lancashire.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1947

The story of the discovery of the Silverdale Hoard, an archaeological finds roadshow

  • 16 July 2015 2-3pm

Illustrated Lecture by Dot Boughton, Finds Liason Officer, followed by finds identification session.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1948

Roman Ribchester

  • 25 July 2015 11am-12pm

Illustrated Lecture by Patrick Tostevin, Curator of Ribchester Museum.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1949

Early Lancashire maps

  • 30 July 2015 2-3pm

Illustrated lecture by Diana Winterbotham, former LCC Local History Librarian.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1951

Exploring the findspot of the Cuerdale Hoard

  • 2 August 2015 2-4pm

Walk and discussion to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the discovery, with Matthew Ball, Curator of Numismatics at the Harris Museum and Dr David Hunt. The walk is three miles and strong shoes are required.

Meet in the car park of St.Leonards Parish Church, Cuerdale Lane, Walton-le-Dale.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1950

The Worden Hoard: lost or binned?

  • 8 August 2015 11am-12pm

Short lecture by Matthew Ball, Curator of Numismatics at the Harris Museum, and short walk to the findspot with Dr David Hunt. The Worden Hoard is currently on loan at the museum from the Harris Museum, Preston.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1952

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Services for Schools

Our aim is to provide historical materials to boost the strictly local themes which may be developed in the National Curriculum History modules. This rolling project produced information sheets covering our area's input into The Romans, The Dark Age, and The Tudors.
We have also produced packs of local history materials for each of our Borough's principle urban areas, based around walks and classroom friendly DVDs of interesting local places.

Creator

  • Dr David Hunt

How to obtain

Contact the curator on dhunt@southribble.gov.uk or call 01772 422041.

South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre
The Old Grammar School
Church Road
Leyland
Lancashire
PR25 3FJ
England

Website

www.southribble.gov.uk/section.asp?catid=200070

E-mail

museum@southribble.gov.uk

Telephone

01772 422041

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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