I’m thrilled to announce that a brand new exhibition is being created around the recently published, Lytham Lives: A Community In Writing. The four week exhibition, which will take place in March 2015 at Lytham Heritage Centre, is being created by Lytham Heritage Group in conjunction with myself and the publishers of the book, Park View 4 U.
The exhibition, which will be FREE to attend, will provide a different context to the writings included in the book as well as a new way of engaging with the town’s history.
In addition to large scale reproductions of the book’s contents, the exhibition will also feature personal photographs, documents and artefacts from the book’s contributors, as well as new images from the book’s photographer, Ruth Brooks-Carter and a cornucopia of materials from the Lytham Heritage archive, including maps, sketches, letters, press cuttings, school reports, toys and other tactile items relevant to each piece of writing, all illustrating the richness of life in Lytham across the years.
Throughout the exhibition, some of the book’s contributors and editors will be on hand to answer any questions and to provide further context to the writings included in the book. A programme of creative writing workshops for local school children will also be held to generate new writing, which will be added to the exhibition as produced, allowing further comparison between Lythamers past and present.
I’ll post up more specific details nearer the time, but if you’d like to read the book before visiting the exhibition next Spring, hard copies of Lytham Lives are available directly from Park View 4 U Community Centre and Plackitt and Booth booksellers in Lytham, or online as a hard copy or an e-book from Amazon and CreateSpace. Copies of Lytham Lives will also be available to purchase from the Lytham Heritage Centre during and after the exhibition, priced £10. All proceeds from sales made at Lytham Heritage will be shared between Lytham Heritage Group, to help fund the group’s future heritage activities in Lytham, and Park View 4 U, to help fund future cultural projects for the Lytham community.