Bowland history exhibition must end soon

Parking on the green at Slaidburn in years gone by
Parking on the green at Slaidburn in years gone by

Country lovers are being urged to visit an exhibition that brings Bowland’s History to life, before it closes in two weeks.

The Museum of Lancashire at Preston has been celebrating 50 years of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a hands-on exhibition which closes on Friday, July 26th.

The exhibition shows how the Forest of Bowland has benefited from being designated a protected area, showcasing its delights and sampling some of its hidden history uncovered in the ‘Scrapbook’ project to which local people contributed memories and old photos including old Slaidburn.

Younger visitors can sit in a bird hide and listen to the evocative sound of curlew, lapwing and snipe – some of the regular visitors to the AONB. They can also try their hand at spotting wildlife hiding among the exhibitis, and also attempt to build a dry stone wall.

In the Anniversary gallery there are some of the photos and stories which were given to the Scrapbook project, and some of the art works and artefacts celebrating 50 years of rural life.

The Scrapbook itself is available at the Museum Shop for a £5 donation.

It was put together last year by volunteers who toured communities in the area collecting people’s stories and photo albums.

The book chronicles the changes in rural life and looks at village services, farming, tourism, and major events which have taken place in the area since 1964, the year the AONB was designated.

Donations go to Champion Bowland, a charity which supports the AONB and raises funds to give out as small grants to projects which benefit the Bowland environment, local communities and visitors.

Copies of the Scrapbook are also available in local shops and cafes including Platform gallery in Clitheroe, Bashall Barn, Brabins shop in Chipping, Puddleducks in Dunsop Bridge, Hudson’s in Chatburn, Settle TIC, Bridge House Farm tearooms in Wray, Beacon Fell visitor centre cafe, Scorton Post Office and Slaidburn village store.