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Discover the history of the River Ribble this Summer

South Ribble’s Archaeology Festival at the Museum and Exhibition centre in Leyland is officially open from 12 July for a month through to 11 August. 

The summer programme for the Archaeology Festival starts with an illustrated lecture on early Lancashire maps with Diana Winterbotham who was the first local history librarian with Lancashire County Council. The W.E. Waring Memorial Lecture is by Dr Fiona Edmonds Head of the North West Centre for Regional Studies. The lecture is in memory of Bill Waring who contributed to the history of the district and for many years was President of Leyland Historical Society.

The exhibition explores finds made along the river Ribble, including the Dock Finds, Roman Walton, the Samlesbury medieval potting sites, the Worden Hoard and the great Cuerdale Viking treasure.

The exhibition also contains a study of local Great War Gardens of Remembrance produced by the Lancashire Gardens Trust.

The full programme of events is detailed below:

Archaeology Festival July 10 – August 11 2018

Thursday 12  -  7-30pm official opening.

  • Saturday 14  -  11am

‘Fun with Maps! Early Lancashire Maps’ 

Illustrated Lecture by Diana Winterbotham.

  • Thursday 19  -  2pm

‘Leyland’s lost Stately Home: Exploring Worden Hall and Park’.

Local history walk. 2 miles. Meet at the Museum.

  • Saturday 21  -  11am

 W.E.Waring Memorial Lecture

‘The strategic importance of the Ribble Valley in the Early Medieval Period’

Dr Fiona Edmonds - Head of the North West Centre for Regional Studies, University of Lancaster

  • Thursday  26  -  2pm

‘Gardens of Remembrance’ Lancashire Gardens Trust. Illustrated lecture

  • Saturday 28  -  11am

‘Diving into History and Underwater Archaeology’. Illustrated talk. Boyd Harris - Chorley Archaeological and Historical Society   

  • Saturday 4 August  -  11am

Film - ‘A Moment in Time: Excavations in Penwortham’. The film graphically shows what archaeologists found under the floor of Penwortham’s ancient parish church in 2009.                                                                 

  • Saturday 11 August  -  11am

Britain on Film (3): Rural Life. Filmed throughout the twentieth century these archive films take audiences down the country lanes of the past revealing the dwindling customs of another era.

  For more information www.southribblemuseum.org.uk