Chorley Heritage Centre Exhibitions

During the remainder of January and throughout February 2018 , the Chorley Heritage Centre has two exhibitions in its premises at Astley Hall Farmhouse, Hallgate, Astley Village, Chorley PR7 1XA. In the upper gallery, “The Changing Face of Chorley’s Pubs” continues, and, in the lower gallery, “Chorley’s Past Coal Mining Industry” is the new exhibition. Last year, the Chorley Heritage Centre was given a 32 volume mining archive. With the help of a volunteer from the Chorley branch, Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society the archive has been digitised, and is searchable by name, place and event. The Chorley Heritage Centre’s exhibition “Chorley’s Past Coal Mining Industry” includes several volumes of the mining archive, and gives opportunity to search the related digital material. With maps showing the location of Chorley’s many “lost” coal mines, photographs and transcripts, this really is an exhibition not to be missed. To give a taster of other collections held by the Heritage Centre, a few of the albums containing original Chorley Guardian newspapers, some well over 100 years old, are available to be read with great care. In addition, a selection of the thousands of Chorley Guardian’s glass slides, digitalised by a Heritage Centre member, may be viewed on television monitors. The Chorley Heritage Centre is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 3.30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. See www.chorleyheritage.co.uk for more information. Submitted by Jenny Cree, Chorley Heritage Centre

Chorley Heritage Centre Exhibitions