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PHM and UCLan win Heritage Lottery Fund support for Changing Exhibition

PHM and UCLan win Heritage Lottery Fund support for Changing Exhibition

22 February 2012

Demon Drink - Image from Bessies Bun


The museum is delighted to announce The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have recently been granted £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards an exciting research project on the history of the Temperance Movement, working with the People’s History Museum.

Led by Dr Annemarie McAllister from UCLan’s School of Education and Social Science, the project will involve volunteers from local communities in collecting memories about Temperance, a movement particularly prominent in the North West that sought to persuade people to abstain from alcohol.  The research project will culminate in the museum’s next Changing Exhibition, Demon Drink?  Temperance and the Working Class, running from Saturday 30 June 2012 to Sunday 24 February 2013.  The exhibition on display at the museum will also be accompanied by an online exhibition that will be available for the public to access via the internet.

Public lectures, family activities, debates, and recreations of Temperance evenings with magic lantern shows are also planned, to show what issues our ancestors were passionate about and what entertainments they would have enjoyed.  Preston is often considered the birthplace of the Temperance Movement, and an exhibition in St George’s Centre will also form part of the Preston Guild celebrations, bringing Temperance history to shoppers, including drinks from Britain’s last surviving Temperance Bar, Fitzpatrick’s in Rawtenstall.

“This massively popular movement in the nineteenth and twentieth century is in danger of being forgotten,” said Dr McAllister.  “Millions of local men, women and children joined societies, signed pledges and excluded alcohol from their lives, and there are people alive today who signed the pledge and went to events in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, for example.  Not only our volunteers, but also thousands of people coming to the exhibitions and events will gain a deeper insight into this previously under-represented aspect of our history. We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable many people to develop new skills and to highlight this neglected aspect of the region’s history.  It might even stimulate debate about attitudes to drink today!”

Find out more about the museum’s forthcoming Changing Exhibition, Demon Drink? Temperance and the Working Class.

This exhibition has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.