Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Lancaster Maritime Museum seeks your memories of Morecambe

Three 'Miss Sunshine' contestants posing on the central promenade. But who are they - do you know? Photo: Morecambe Publicity Archive

Could you help to identify the people, places or events in photographs of Morecambe taken more than 50 years ago?

If so, staff at Lancaster Maritime Museum would like to hear from you.

The photographs in question, which will form part of a new exhibition, are just a small part of the Morecambe Publicity Archive, which holds thousands of images produced for the town's tourism department during the mid-twentieth century.

The pictures range from strikingly framed shots of models to candid images of ordinary holidaymakers from a bygone era, together with some stunning landscapes.

"On our website we have more than 100 photographs from the archive," explains Rachel Roberts, Lancashire County Council's manager at the Maritime Museum. "Many of these have no supporting information, and often we do! not have notes on the photographer, and are not even sure who the photos are of, or where they were taken.

Miniature Railway train, West End Pleasure Park. Photo: Morecambe Publicity Archive
"We would invite anyone who knows anything about the photographs to go to the website and get in touch using the link there."

Nearly 50 photographs from the archive will later form part of an exhibition, Everything Under the Sun, which opens at the museum in November. The exhibition will include special panels and areas where visitors can leave their memories or thoughts about the photographs for others to see.

The website and contact link have been set up specifically to gather memories and information relating to the images in the run-up to the exhibition. This will help to make sure that submissions are accurate and recorded properly, and can then become a permanent part of the archive.

People can see the images by visiting www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums/collections and clicking on 'Everything Under the Sun'.

Everything Under the Sun will run from Tuesday 19th November 2013 until Sunday 9th March 2014. The Maritime Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council on behalf of Lancaster City Council

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