Prescot Museum

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Prescot Museum exists to inform and inspire by preserving, promoting and providing access to the cultural heritage of Knowsley through our local history collection, museum displays and educational and outreach programme.
The museum presents a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, celebrating the history of Prescot, including the town's watch-making past, former industries, local dignitaries, businesses and much more.
The Prescot Centre is a combined services venue, incorporating Prescot Museum, Prescot Library and Prescot One Stop Shop.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Saturday, 10am-3.30pm

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Admission charges

Admission is Free!

Getting there

The Prescot Centre is located on the upper level of Prescot Shopping Centre, and can be accessed via the rear entrance at the free car park on Aspinall Street or the entrances on Eccleston Street

Additional info

Full wheelchair access throughout the building
Free car park at the rear of Prescot Shopping Centre with multiple disabled parking spaces, accessible via a lift
'Changing Places' facilities and accessible toilet
Textphone
Big print weekly newspaper (Prescot Library)
Touch screen (Prescot Library)
Screen reading and magnification software for the visually impaired (Prescot Library)
Translation and Interpretation Service via telephone (One Stop Shop)

Local history collections and an important collection of clocks and watches reflecting the horological heritage of the town.

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Science and Technology, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Three artists from Owl Project

The Sounds of Time

  • 1 December 2017 — 1 March 2018 *on now

A group of artists has worked with Prescot Museum in Merseyside to create an exhibition of whirring, ticking sculptures which allow people to hear the individual sounds associated with clockwork.

The Sounds of Time is an exhibition by artist collective Owl Project, who have used clock parts combined with wood, glass and electronics to make sculptural pieces based on timepieces through the ages, from hour glasses and pocket watches to modern quartz watches.

Simon Blackmore from Owl Project said: “We’ve used laser technology to isolate individual sounds from clocks and timepieces – like the sound of a single gear turning, the sound of water moving through an ancient water clock and even the sound a quartz crystal makes, which is usually inaudible to humans.”

“When people visit the museum this winter they will not only be able to see but also hear the pieces in our exhibition. I hope it will make people look at familiar objects in a new way as we reveal new sounds within old objects.”

Each piece in The Sound of Time will generate a different sound, rhythmical pattern or sequence, and the sounds will be amplified, working together to create a continual composition.

Tina Ball, Culture Development and Events Officer (Museum & Galleries) for Knowsley Council, said: “The local area is known historically for clock and watchmaking and we could immediately see the harmony between Owl Project’s work and the collections we have at the museum.

“Owl Project are an interesting collective and their work combines their technical abilities with a fascination of engineering and mechanical objects.”

As well as having access to Prescot Museum’s collections, Owl Project also worked with local horologist John Platt who is the author of several books and articles on watchmaking in the North West.

Visitors to Prescot Museum will be able to see and hear the sculptures on show alongside the museum’s collections of items which relate to the area’s industrial, military and social history. When the exhibition ends, the sculptures will be donated to the museum’s collection.

The Sounds of Time is on show at Prescot Museum from 1 December 2017 until 1 March 2018.

It is one of 10 contemporary art commissions as part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage. Leading UK and international artists have partnered with the 10 museums in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, Meeting Point2 presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to the venue.
For more information about Meeting Point2, visit www.artsandheritage.org.uk

Admission to Prescot Museum is free. www.prescotmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.prescotmuseum.org.uk/

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.

Sunday Funday

http://www.prescotmuseum.org.uk/

Every Sunday between 14.00-16.00 Prescot Museum gives you the chance to get creative. Come and join in with a free, drop-in activity session to make a variety of fun things.

How to obtain

For more information about what is coming up, contact the museum on 0151 430 7787.

Getting there

The Prescot Centre is located on the upper level of Prescot Shopping Centre, and can be accessed via the rear entrance at the free car park on Aspinall Street or the entrances on Eccleston Street

Prescot Museum
The Prescot Centre
Prescot Shopping Centre
Aspinall Street
Knowsley
Merseyside
L34 5GA
England

Website

www.prescotmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk

Telephone

Main contact number

0151 443 5617

Museum/Galleries enquiries

0151 443 5354

Collections Store

0151 443 4680

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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