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Morecambe Bay’s Hidden Heritage

Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale and The Aqua Lovelies

[A]n exhibition, produced by Morecambe Bay Partnership, that showcases the stories, memories and archaeology of Morecambe Bay’s past, as uncovered by the Bay’s communities over the last 4 years.

Morecambe Bay is a place like no other. With stunning sands, vast skies, majestic views and wild places, a landscape that has captivated us all. Hidden within it are mysterious ruins jutting from shifting sands, ancient archaeology sites, historical puzzles and tantalizing tales.

Using exciting new digital technologies alongside traditional research techniques Morecambe Bay Partnership and the Bay’s communities have helped unearth some of the Bay’s lesser known maritime, industrial and archaeological stories. New facts have emerged, myths and legends explored, ancient sites revealed, and spellbinding memories collected.

The exhibition shares some of the research and projects undertaken over the last 4 years as part of the Partnership’s Heritage Lottery funded Headlands to Headspace Scheme, a major initiative motivated by a community desire to protect and celebrate Morecambe Bay’s rich heritage. Community oral history projects and maritime and archaeology surveys have captured local memories, precious stories and important evidence, before they are lost for future generations.

Visitor to the exhibition will learn more about the Bay’s hidden heritage, its industrial past – uncovering lesser known occupations such as salt making. They will hear the tales of a unique fishing heritage and how swimming has taken a special place in the community’s collective memory. They will see how ‘Digital Digging’ is revealing exciting new ways of recording and discovering archaeology on the Bay, including sites at Warton Crag, Gleaston Castle and Walney Island. And be invited to those special hidden spots that mean so much to the people that live here.

The exhibition travels to Lancaster Maritime Museum later in November until February 2019.

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