Lytham St Annes
If you’re searching for a place to observe local history then look no further than Lytham Heritage Centre. Established in 1987 and set up to preserve and explore the history Lytham and its surrounding areas, the centre is now open daily from 10am and waiting to welcome visitors of all ages.
The group also exhibits arts, crafts and galleries which boast the excellent work of local artists. There is a large active membership programme however talks are open for visitors to attend. With a range of talks on there’s always something interesting for everybody.
Lytham Heritage Centre is home to Lytham Heritage Group, dedicated volunteers who strive to preserve, protect and promote the heritage of Lytham. The group was founded in 1987 following a meeting of like-minded people and has since become a registered charity working in the best interest of the ancient parish of Lytham.
The first exhibition by the Lytham Heritage Group took place in 1987 in another of Lytham’s prominent heritage buildings - the 1863 Assembly Rooms which they had recently saved from demolition. In that exhibition they showcased 130 paintings and sculptures by Rochdale artist Walter Eastwood.
The group purchased this striking Grade II listed building in 1996 as a permanent location for exhibitions and administration; it originally housed the Manchester and County Bank and was built in 1899, the date emblazoned on a stone plaque on the gable end of this terracotta building. The interior also boasts many original Victorian features with a cast-iron spiral staircase to the rear of the building and windmills carefully carved into the wooden frames around the entrance.
A permanent display illustrates the history of the Ancient Parish of Lytham through to present day; set within this exhibition space is a statue of the ‘Talbot’ dog which was donated to the Group in 2013. It is said to have been donated by John Talbot Clifton to the Talbot Pub in the Victorian era and later found its new home in the Lytham Heritage Centre.
The additional exhibition space offers an eclectic range of high quality artworks often curated by the group themselves, local artists or Fylde Council. Exhibitions in the past have included artwork from the Lytham St Annes Art Collection and the Lytham St Annes Art Society as well as catering for the local cultural scene.