Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Lancaster 's Past recalled in new Dukes exhibition

St. Annes Church, Moor Lane, circa 1950 - now The Dukes.
Take a stroll down Memory Lane on your next visit to The Dukes gallery in Lancaster.

To coincide with its latest homegrown play – The Life And Times Of Mitchell & Kenyon – The Dukes is also hosting an exhibition of photographs of Lancaster and Morecambe from yesteryear.

The Life And Times Of Lancaster & Morecambe, which runs until 11th May, is a fascinating collection of old photographs from The Dukes own archive, Lancaster City Museum, the Library Service, Lancaster Civic Society and Lancaster-based photographer Johnny Bean.

Some of the photographs on display date back to the time when Lancashire filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon were plying their pioneering trade throughout the country including in Lancaster and Morecambe.

They show Williamson Park when the Ashton Memorial was still being built, Morecambe Promenade, the old railway station at Green Ayre and even the stocks at Slyne.

Many of the other images were taken within living memory and show different areas of Lancaster and Morecambe in the 1960s and 1970s.

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to write down any memories evoked by the photos in a book available in the gallery.

One section of the exhibition focuses on The Dukes building itself from the days when it was still St Anne’s Church in the 1950s through the 1970s when it was developed into a theatre and up to the present day.

• The Life And Times Of Lancaster & Morecambe exhibition is open during normal Dukes opening hours. If you are making a special trip to see it, please call the Box Office as sometimes the gallery is used for other activities.

The Life And Times Of Mitchell & Kenyon runs at The Dukes until May 10. For tickets, ring the Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit

• If you're a fan of old Lancaster on Facebook, check out the Lancaster Past and Present Facebook group, which now has over 5000 members

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