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The Changing Face of Lancaster

Lancaster Royal Grammar School has been awarded with funding of £19,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HFL) to create a project called 'The Changing Face of Lancaster'. This has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, allowing LRGS to present and share the work of three of the city's most important historical benefactors.

Come along and help us celebrate the completion of our archive and community art project about three of our famous old boys.   You are welcome to join our celebration event on Friday 20th April between 43. pm and 6.30 pm at the Gregson Centre, 33-35 Moor Gate, Lancaster.

You can view our exhibition and see the talented artwork of local people and children from Christchurch Primary School.

Please do drop in at any time between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm.  Light refreshments will be available.  Admission is free.

The artwork will remain on display at the Gregson Centre (bar area) until 30th April.

The project focuses primarily on three Victorian philanthropists and nineteenth century LRGS alumni; James Williamson, Henry Gregson, and Herbert Lushington Storey, all of whom contributed greatly to Lancaster’s infrastructure, and community. The archives at LRGS, containing primary sources pertaining to the philanthropists’ time as pupils here, are currently being catalogued, organised, and researched by a professional archivist and volunteers.

Not only will the archive project allow for a better understanding of Storey, Williamson, and Gregson’s contributions to the city, it will be accessible as a resource centre to the local community. ‘The Changing Face of Lancaster’ is currently working with local groups to create illustrative displays for the project. There are also planned talks to be given about each of the philanthropists. 

You can see how we are progressing with our project in this gallery

To follow the project's Instagram, search for @lrgsarchives or go to https://www.instagram.com/lrgsarchives

Thank you to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to volunteers, CancerCare Lancaster, Christchurch C of E Primary School and the Gregson Community and Arts Centre.