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Burnley’s artefact tops History of Lancashire in 70 Objects list

Release date: 
Monday, 20 March, 2017

An Edwardian vase from Towneley Hall, Burnley, has been chosen to represent the history of Lancashire.  

A beautiful Pilkington pot has been picked by judges as one of the artefacts for the History of Lancashire in 70 objects project.

Designed by Walter Crane in 1908, the vase will represent the area and along with other 69 other items will be featured in the Lancashire Life magazine later this year.

Councillor Bea Foster, Burnley Council’s executive member for leisure and culture, said: “It is a fantastic project and I am thrilled to hear Burnley will be represented with the exquisite piece of ceramics.

“Towneley Hall is a real treasure trove oozing with local history and it is wonderful that one of the objects was chosen to help tell Lancashire’s story.”

The vase is one of the first ceramics to be acquired from the Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian factory. It was given to Towneley Hall in 1913 along with 30 others from the factory.

A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects aims to discover some of the hidden stories from the area through objects.

The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a collaboration between Lancashire Heritage Learning, Museum Development North West and Lancashire Life magazine.

It aims to engage communities across the county with objects and stories held in their local museums, galleries and heritage venues, and attract new visitors. 

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