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Monday, 08 February 2016 (3074608)
New exhibition proving popular at Atkinson
by Henry James

THE new major exhibition Lord Street: Past, Present and Future opened in January and is proving popular.

It brings together a range of material including archive photographs, architectural plans as well as costume and film, to explore the heritage of the water features, gardens, glass-topped verandas and architectural buildings.

Stephen Whittle: principal manager, Museum, Galleries & Operations said: “Lord Street is one of the most beautiful shopping streets in Britain, with numerous listed building and beautiful cast iron verandas stretching along its one mile length.

”It has been celebrated by writers and artists and this exhibition brings together some old favourites and some surprising and unfamiliar artworks, objects and images.

“As well as celebrating its wonderful past, we are building a present day archive of images of Lord Street. Students from Hugh Baird College have recorded the people who work in Lord Street’s shops, cafés and restaurants. 

”If you visit the exhibition you can help us to imagine the Lord Street of tomorrow  - in our Art Box you can design your shop fronts and have your say on recent proposal for the development of Lord Street.“

The mile long, Victorian thoroughfare has been a favourite shopping destination for over a century and has many stories to tell, which is why The Atkinson team is asking local people and businesses who have worked, lived and visited Lord Street to tell their stories, or their ancestors’ stories so that they to, can be part of this very special exhibition.

Families should visit the new look Art Box, as it has lots of new interactive features and gives people the chance to tell the Atkinson what they think the future of Southport's famous street will look like.

People should share their own photographs of Lord Street online and don't forget to tag #TheAtkinson

The Atkinson would like to hear from residents and businesses that want to get involved in this project, whether that is through loaning heritage items: documents, objects or old photographs to the Atkinson for the exhibition; or maybe they would like to create their very own display in the shop window.

For more information call 01704 533333 or 0151 934 2035 or email


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