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Help Towneley Hall pick historic artefact

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Wednesday, 25 January, 2017

Towneley Hall visitors are being invited to help select a historic object highlighting Lancashire's long and fascinating story.

The project, named A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects, marks 70 years of magazine Lancashire Life, which has invited museums and heritage venues across the county to get involved.

Mike Townend, Towneley Hall senior curator, said: "We were delighted to receive the invite to this fantastic project.

"We've now selected three objects from the collections that we feel tell a story about the history of Lancashire, and we'd like the public to vote for their favourite.”

Team of curators at Towneley have narrowed it down to three artefacts which include the Whalley Abbey Vestments, which is the only surviving complete set of medieval English high mass vestments, an exquisite vase designed by Walter Crane from 1908, and a Lancashire armchair dating back 1690.

The winning object will compete against other objects selected from across the county for inclusion in the final 70, which will be announced later this year.

People can cast their vote on Towneley Hall’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Towneley or send an email to towneleyhall@burnley.gov.uk with the name of your chosen object. Deadline for voting is Saturday, 28th January 2017.

A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects is funded by the HLF and is a partnership between Lancashire Heritage learning, Museum Development North West and Lancashire Life.

It aims to engage communities across the County Palatine with objects and stories held in their local museums, galleries and heritage venues.

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