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Photographs

Most of these photographs and images come from the extensive collections held in libraries across the county which are being digitised and collated with the help of volunteers. Our digitisation programme began in the late 1990s, before the internet was readily available and storage and equipment were of today's standard (so the size and quality of the early digitised images is not of the high quality we are used to today). The image collection is not complete, as we still have many thousands of photographs to digitise from all over Lancashire. For many of these photos, we have very little information to accompany them, so if you can help add further information about any of the images please contact us or use the Comment button you'll find under every image. Please note that we are unable to accept requests for copies of the images at this time

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Newspapers

The Newspaper Index refers to articles in local Lancashire newspapers from the early 19th century onwards which are held on microfilm and in cuttings files at libraries across Lancashire. It has been compiled over a number of decades by Lancashire librarians and because of this the content chosen for indexing often reflects the concerns of the time. The index includes some obituaries, many of which relate to First World War casualties, but is mainly made up of news articles. Advertisements, small ads, family notices, etc. are not included. The library location is given on each record please contact the relevant library to enquire about viewing their newspaper archive. Digitisation of these indexes is still on-going, so this online index is by no means exhaustive. If you are unable to find people or events you are interested in, they may not have been indexed locally. There is also the option of searching some local and national newspapers from 1730 – 1950 via the Lancashire's Digital Library using your Lancashire library membership number for free access.

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Historical Documents

Lancashire Archives takes care of millions or records relating to the county's history, its people and places. This database currently relates to a small proportion of them, containing the names and other information about the 15,000 patients admitted to Whittingham Asylum 1873-1914. The information comes from Reception Orders, paperwork completed when someone was admitted to hospital and the index contains the name, age, address and occupation of each patient. A copy of the original Order can be supplied by Lancashire Archives and these often contain other information such as a description of the person's illness (Click the Enquire button on any record you are interested in). Details of more of Lancashire's archives will be added to the database over time and further information about them can be found in Lancashire Archives online catalogue LANCAT.

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Local Book Index

The Local Book Index contains references to people, places, landmarks, buildings and stories from our collection of local history books. Currently the index covers the towns and villages around Chorley in Lancashire.

The majority of these books will appear on the Lancashire library catalogue.

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Preston Guild

The details of over 45,000 people listed in the 27 surviving Preston Guild Rolls from 1397 to 1992. The Guild in Preston controlled those able to trade or to have businesses in this profitable market town. Every twenty years the members of the Guild met in a formal setting to renew their rights and commitments and to have their names and those of their families listed in the latest Guild Roll. Each entry records the name of the Guild member, their place of residence, occupation or status and often their relationship to another member. A copy of any entry can be provided by Lancashire Archives (Click the Enquire button on any record you are interested in).

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Police Index

An index of the majority of police officers who served in Lancashire from 1840 onwards, apart from those in places which had their own borough force and are now outside modern day Lancashire, such as Manchester and Liverpool. The index draws on records of Lancashire Constabulary and the borough forces of Burnley, Blackpool and Preston, including personnel records and the Constabulary's staff magazine. Each entry gives the officer's name, the forces they served with and the dates and references of the relevant records. A copy of these can be provided by Lancashire Archives unless the officer joined the police less than 85 years ago in which case they are not yet available to the public. Click the Enquire button on any record you are interested in.

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Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers

Float, the ‘Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers’ is a conservation and archival project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lancashire County Council. 

In these pages you will find digital copies of photographs from the collections of Wilfred Dodds and Peter Horsley showing trawlers from Fleetwood, Grimsby, Hull and many other European ports. In our image archive there are approximately 8,000 fascinating photographs of vessels dating from the late 19th Century to the present day. Accompanying the photographs you will find technical information on the individual vessels and fascinating stories relating to the trawlers, the ports and the people involved in the fishing industry.

The text information in this database has been compiled by the FLOAT Project Team, which included fifteen local volunteers, and is based on a database started over ten years ago and including information from the Dodds’ collection.

Thanks go to all those volunteers and work-placements who have contributed over this time. Special thanks must go to the late Alan Hirst, who willingly gave access to his extensive research, and the late David Ryan, who did much of the work of setting up a computer database as a volunteer at Fleetwood Museum.

The database is not exhaustive and it is hoped to add further details as they become available and resources permit. Please note that we are unable to accept requests for copies of the images at this time.

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