About Us - Lytham Heritage Group
Aims and Objectives
The Group, founded in 1987 and granted charitable status as an educational charity in 1989, includes in its primary
aims the following:
- To foster and stimulate public interest in the history of the Ancient Parish of
- To form a collection of photographs, documents, films and other artefacts of a cultural
- To achieve our objectives by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, fund-raising for
specific purposes and other work for the furtherance of these aims.
In 1996, in its desire to create a permanent exhibition
centre of its own in the town, the Group was successful in its acquisition of the former Trustee Savings Bank
in Henry Street, later to become the subject of a munificent benefaction by Mrs Audrey Kirby in memory of her
Since then, the Group has spent over £40,000 of its funds (derived from a legacy from a
former member, Mrs Florence Peak) in converting the bank premises into a superb Exhibition Centre, in size probably
not equalled anywhere else in Lancashire, notably for the variety of its facilities.
The Centre opened in 1997, the crowning glory of the Group's aspirations for its own
premises. The building, a Grade II Listed Building and already the recipient of a Civic Conservation Award, is
suitably located at the town centre overlooking the new pedestrianised Piazza; it is available to kindred and other
societies who wish to promote their image; enquiries are invited.
The Group's expertise in mounting exhibitions of a cultural nature during its first decade has been recognised
locally by the Lancashire County Museums' Service, to whom it is affiliated and by the North West Museums,
Libraries and Archives Council (NWMLAC), leading to the Windmill receiving registered museum
Various exhibitions of outstanding items from our local heritage and art exhibitions by
individuals and local societies attract thousands of visitors to the Heritage Centre every year. The exhibitions
are manned by volunteers from the Group who are pleased to help visitors to Lytham with information about our
Lecture and Activities Programme
The Group meets regularly for a stimulating lecture programme from a wide spectrum of subjects.
The Group's archives are housed in their own room on the first floor of Lytham Library. Here we store our
large collection of artefacts and documents covering the history and families of Lytham, starting with the Priory
in 1196 up to recent times. These documents are often unique and cannot always be found elsewhere, making them
useful to local history researchers and family historians.
Should you wish to use the archives we are normally open 2.00pm to 4.00pm
A regular programme of school visits to the Windmill, already noted above, is manned by volunteer members of the
Group who delight in explaining the intricacies and history of the milling processes, together with details of
local history, to their young visitors.
The Group publishes a
quarterly newsletter, "The Antiquarian", which is circulated free to all members and includes items of topical
interest and local history, plus other records of Lytham's past.
Please see our Membership page.