The Changing Face of Lancaster: Community Archive Project

Lancaster Royal Grammar School has received £19,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project: “The Changing Face of Lancaster”.  

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on three key 19th century alumni of LRGS who helped to shape the city of Lancaster.

The project will enable local children and adults to discover how three influential Victorian philanthropists invested in the infrastructure of the town providing buildings and schemes for the local community.   The Gregson Centre was founded in memory of Henry Gregson; James Williamson, Lord Ashton, created Williamson Park and Herbert Storey funded the Storey Institute and assisted with the development of the Westfield War Memorial Village.

The histories of the school and the city are interlinked.  The archive collection at LRGS contains primary source documents of each of the three men.  Working with the Gregson Centre, Storey Institute and Lancaster Golf Club, the project will involve local groups in discovering more about how these three men helped to shape Lancaster.  Displays illustrating their work will be created and talks given about the three men to local residents.  Volunteers will work with the project archivist developing their skills in handling and cataloguing archives.  Not only will this project enable greater access to the archive for the school’s pupils and former pupils, it will also help to create a resource centre that is available to local residents who wish to learn more about the history of the city. 

Commenting on the award, Headmaster, Dr Chris Pyle said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and we are confident the project will provide a greater understanding about our heritage and the part that these three notable men played in the lives of Lancastrians – both past and present.”