For anyone interested in recording their experience of the recent lockdown the national Mass Observation archive is inviting you to write a one day diary on Tuesday May 12th. Details are here....
The archive is closed until further notice due to concerns over the Coronavirus. However, we are are inviting residents of Arnside to keep diaries of this extraordinary and challenging time. If you would like to take part in this project, please take a look at the details at this link:
Corona Diaries - Making History Together
The second Crossfield Arnside Conference 2020, which was to be held last month has been postponed to Saturday 24th October. Please see the link below for further details and booking
The conference will build on the success of the first one held in 2019. OGA members are warmly invited to attend and hear more about the boats built by Crossfields of Arnside who were leading builders of gaff rigged yachts and Morecambe Bay Prawners (also known as Nobbies). They were active from the 1840s to 1940s. A number of different boats will be discussed including the 'Sir William Priestley' 1934, the Morecambe Fishermen’s Lifeboat. The event will be chaired by Eric Crossfield, great grandson of William Crossfield, who set up the boatyard on the shore at Arnside in the 1890s. Further details and a booking form can be found here
Current and Recent Exhibitions
Our next exhibition will be organised to coincide with the Education Institute's AGM on March 14th 2020 and will celebrate the life and work of the EI's major benefactor, Joyce Nicholson. POSTPONED until further notice
Mary Hamilton and Alasdair Simpson gave a talk about the Crossfield Family and the Severn boat to Grange-over-Sands Probus on Febuary 10th. The slide presentation can be viewed here
They gave a similar talk to the Levens Local History Society on Thursday February 20th -details are here
"Stay and Spend, Retail and Relax"
Download the poster here
Our winter exhibition took place on Saturday November 16th. 10am-3pm in the Arnside Educational Institute and explored the History of Shops and Hotels in Arnside.
70 people visited the exhibition and many contributed their memories of earlier businesses.
Exhibition materials will soon be on this website.
Please contact us if you have any information relevant to this theme.
We also had a stall at the Arnside Wellbeing Day on 12th October.
Ziska – from Arnside to Alaska
Sun 25 & Mon 26 August
Arnside Sailing Club are holding an exhibition in their Clubhouse on the Promenade on the history of Ziska a yacht built in Arnside in 1903 which took part in the Race2Alaska in June 2019.You can read more about Ziska and the race on her facebook site.......................
Our summer exhibition "Are we nearly there yet?" was held on15th June at the Arnside Educational Institute. It focussed on Arnside’s transport during the decades illustrating the changes in transportation within the village over the years. The exhibition also coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Ribble Bus Company who served Arnside for over 40 years. and there was a vintage Ribble bus on the Prom for visitors to view as well as artefacts from the famous “red bus” company at the exhibition.
A related talk Any More Fares Please? by Bill Robinson was organised by Mourholme Local History Society on the 24th April in Yealand Village Hall. This looked at the development of rural bus services in our corner of the North West after the First World War, from the early pioneers to the eventual monopoly of Ribble Motor Services. The talk included a short film, made by Ribble in the early 1960s to encourage Lancashire County Council to complete the Preston and Lancaster by-passes.
The archive group's AGM took place on April 17th 2019.
See the chair's report here
The Maritime Heritage Interpretation Board is now installed on the prom near Ashmeadow House!!
The board was made possible by a grant from the AONB. It was designed by Vivien Mautner, and printed and assembled by Mike Ormerod.
Crossfields of Arnside and their Boats Conference PDF CLICK HERE
Saturday 16th March 2019 at 10:30am
Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside LA5 0DF
Arnside's World War One Nov 10th 2018
Arnsides Maritime Heritage July 14-15th 2018