Digging up our past with Lancashire Grown

Lancaster City Museum writes about its current local food themed exhibition: Lancashire Grown.

lancashire grown Until the 4th October ‘Lancashire Grown’  will be the main exhibition at Lancaster City  Museum. The exhibition explores the rich  agricultural history of Lancashire, with  examples of farming and dairy equipment  on display, in addition to items relating to  the Great House Experimental Farm project  that took place near to Helmshore. We have  some thoughtful watercolours by local artist  Ian Gardner, and we are also ‘growing’ our  own knitted vegetables throughout the  summer in our allotment. You can also come  and reminisce over the glass milk bottles.

Lancashire has some of the best soil in the world, so come along and learn more about what is grown here and why. Lancashire Grown is about finding out just how good Lancashire farming is, so you are invited to dig up its agricultural past and uncover its flourishing present.  Enjoy ploughing through the exhibition and discover the variety of farming and land use in Lancashire.  What is an allotment and how do you get one?  What are the benefits of having guerrillas in your garden?!

On top of the exhibition, we have also planned lots of local food themed events and we are gathering lots of leaflets and posters from local growing groups such as Claver Hill Community Farm. Small Village: Big Story is another exciting project led by Green Close. It aims to research the forgotten histories of rural villages in the Lune Valley – creating a new archive and on-line resource for members of the public. It intends to work with Lancaster City Museum, Lancashire Archives, and The North West Centre for Regional Studies and expert historians of rural history to make this possible. If you are interested in this project please sign up in the gallery.

Many of our events are aimed at families and are taking place on Thursdays throughout the school holidays. Our events range from ‘The Big Fat Food Time Line with Professor Tuesday’ on the 30th July, to making Bug Hotels on Saturday 5th September. You can pick up a leaflet or visit the Museum’s website for more details.

The Museum is free to enter and is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The Lancaster City Museum is operated by Lancashire County Council on behalf of Lancaster City Council.

If you check out the exhibition, keep an eye out for Growing Our Local Food Economy’s local food resources and information.

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