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So happy and proud that BBC News have picked up on our fantastic Royal Court Theatre story! We are truly overwhelmed with the response from our community and beyond! Go Wigan! 💪

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A Victorian theatre, which once saw a performance by Charlie Chaplin, is to become a creative hub.
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Wigan Little Theatre are taking over archives & local studies again! This time it is the theatre's volunteers. Here they are enjoying the theatre's archives.

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Just a few images from a fantastic new collection donated to the Archives & Local Studies - images from Wigan and Leigh rugby league taken by local photographer Thomas Gerrard. More to follow once we have them all catalogued!

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To mark National Crime Reading Month Marlene Nolan will be presenting an illustrated local history talk on the 'Crime at Kenyon Junction' at Leigh Library on Wednesday 23 May 2018 from 2pm - 3pm. The talk is based on personal research with the starting point being nineteenth century newspaper reports.
Booking is essential and tickets cost £3. All proceeds to go to the improvement of Wigan Archives and Leigh Local Studies.

Please contact 01942 404430 or email archives@wigan.gov.uk to book or for more information.

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Unusual Archive Find of the Day, from our collection of Cemetery Grave Purchase books. This one would be a challenge for any genealogist to fit into the family tree...

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Last Chance to book on 'The Button Pit Murder' talk! Hurry before all places go!

As part of National Crime Reading Month the archives will be holding a talk on ‘The Button Pit Murder’ by Marianne Howell. The talk looks at the story of how a family man’s ordinary night at work turned into a crime that shocked the community. The 19th century murder of Wigan pit worker James Barton was ‘a murder most gross, foul and unnatural’.

The talk is taking place at Wigan Borough Archives ...& Leigh Local Studies (the ground floor of Leigh Town Hall) on
Wednesday 9 May 2018 from 2pm – 3pm
Booking is essential and tickets cost £3.

Please contact 01942 404430 or email archives@wigan.gov.uk to book or for more information.

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Young people are taking over the archives this morning! Wigan Little Theatre Youth Group are searching the WLT archives to celebrate the theatre's 70th anniversary. Here they are finding the announcement of the opening of the theatre in 1948! #wltyouthgroup

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To mark National Crime Reading Month Marlene Nolan will be presenting an illustrated local history talk on the 'Crime at Kenyon Junction' at Leigh Library on We...dnesday 23 May 2018 from 2pm - 3pm. The talk is based on personal research with the starting point being nineteenth century newspaper reports.
Booking is essential and tickets cost £3. All proceeds to go to the improvement of Wigan Archives and Leigh Local Studies.
You can find out more about the ‘Revealing Wigan Archives ’ project by visiting the link below https://www.wigan.gov.uk/…/Regenerating-Wigan-Archives-and-…
Please contact 01942 404430 or email archives@wigan.gov.uk to book or for more information.

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Exciting plans for developing the Archives & Local Studies in Leigh town centre.
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Hot Off The Press! The new edition of Past Forward is out now.

With more fascinating local history stories, this edition includes research into Thorley Smith - the first women's suffrage parliamentary candidate - the history of Trayners chemist in Hindley, shopping in Ashton, RAF navigator William Lane and more on the HLF funded project to remember grammar school education in Leigh.

The magazine is available from the Museum of Wigan Life, Archives & Local Studies at Leigh Town Hall, Wigan Waterstones, Shurtz at Leigh Market and all libraries around the Borough.

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National Crime Reading Month is approaching and the archives will be holding a talk on ‘The Button Pit Murder’ by Marianne Howell. The talk looks at the story of how a family man’s ordinary night at work turned into a crime that shocked the community. The 19th century murder of Wigan pit worker James Barton was ‘a murder most gross, foul and unnatural’.

The talk is taking place at Wigan Borough Archives & Leigh Local Studies (the ground floor of Leigh Town Hall) on
Wednesday ...9 May 2018 from 2pm – 3pm
Booking is essential and tickets cost £3.

Please contact 01942 404430 or email archives@wigan.gov.uk to book or for more information.

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Leigh Grammar School Heritage Project added 2 new photos.

Finally we have found a plan of the LGGS building as it was in later years so I've been able to create a more accurate and almost to scale plan of how it was in... its grammar school days. I still don't know what the room numbering was and can anyone remember what happened in the room next to the Chemistry lab which had a prep room in between? Was it another lab?

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We're delighted to announce...we did it!

Thank you to all our volunteers, partners, researchers and supporters - and to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our plans. Now we get to work on creating our new archive and museum...

https://www.wigan.gov.uk/…/1.3m-cultural-investment-in-Leig…

A major funding boost has been secured from the National Lottery to develop Wigan Borough's archives collection and create an enhanced cultural offer for residents and visitors in Leigh.
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Check out this exciting event taking place at the archives on the 11 and 18 April!

https://www.facebook.com/events/204862820263170/

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Apr 11 - Apr 18Wigan & Leigh Archives & Local StudiesLeigh, United Kingdom
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Wigan Council added 163 new photos to the album: International Women's Day 2018 — in Wigan.

A great event celebrating International Women's Day! Sunshine House, Scholes, Wigan.

Thank you to everyone who came along and many thanks to Yvonne Eckersley for a fascinating afternoon talk at the Archives & Leigh Local Studies on the history of the women's suffrage movement in Wigan and Leigh. A brilliant way to celebrate International Women's Day tomorrow. Thanks, Yvonne!

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