Dec 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A PROJECT which aims to document Skelmersdale’s social history is officially opening next week.
Skelmersdale: A New Town was commissioned by Glassball Art Projects (GAP), supported by heritage lottery funding.
The exhibition is being held in the Concourse Shopping Centre where residents are able to see film and photographs of the town that have been gathered by the project so far.
The official open day is on Friday, December 13, 11am- 2pm, and there will be projections of local films and photos spanning the decades since the town’s designation in 1961.
Skelmersdale: A New Town aims to document the social history of the West Lancashire town through a series of exhibitions, workshops and events, culminating in a photographic archive of historic and new material.
This material will be presented in a hard-backed book, website and exhibition.
Over the course of the two-year project, which began in autumn, GAP will work with the community heritage department at Lancashire County Council and other partners including West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Library and the North West Sound Archive.
Cora Glasser, the project coordinator, said: "The project has approximately a year and half left to run, we've had a great response up to now from the people of Skelmersdale.
“We’ll continue to host further events in the new year at different locations in Skelmersdale.
“We are really keen to interview people about their experiences and memories of living in the town, past, present and views of the future, and make copies of any contributed photographs of Skelmersdale.
“We want to create an archive made by the contributions of people’s photographs from Skelmersdale, present this at the end of the project as a hardback book, and a website that will also contain audio and video content.”
To contribute to the archive take along your photographs and films to the exhibition, where volunteers will be on hand to take digital copies of anything you want to share.