Digging up the past

Archaeologists from the University of Salford Centre for Applied Archaeology, are leading a community excavation at Lytham Hall this week. The project is primarily looking for more evidence of the Jacobean Hall and the Benedictine Priory and is focussed on lifting flagstones in the Jacobean courtyard to see what lies beneath. The archaeologists are leading a team of 12 volunteers who are braving the inclement weather to take part. It is hoped that the results of the excavations will be used to shed light on the history and story of Lytham Hall’s development. A recent find of two Roman coins has certainly whetted the appetite among our volunteers take part. The Centre for Applied Archaeology

Roman coins found at Lytham Hall

TWO tiny Roman coins unearthed by volunteers at Lytham Hall have opened a fascinating new chapter in the hall’s colourful history – and sparked a mystery. For the two coins are believed to be the earliest archaeological finds made – not just at the hall but anywhere in the town. The coins – known as radiates – were discovered by Hall gardening volunteers Julia Lipman and Peter Smith and are more than 1750 years old, according to Harris Museum, Preston. They were issued for the Roman emperor Gallienus who reigned jointly with Valerian between 253-260 and then became sole ruler of the empire in 260-268. And that makes them almost 100 years older than any previous Roman coin finds in Lytham –

Echoes art installation in Lytham Hall

History haunts Lytham Hall this week as the new contemporary art exhibition from Lytham based, Fable Arts CIC, continues its three week run throughout the historic rooms of the house. Celebrating connections between past and present, Echoes is a place making project which explores the effect that some of the lesser known residents of Lytham Hall have had upon the form and feel of the place. Included in the four site specific installations on show, is a textual sculpture by Blackpool artist, Tina Dempsey. ‘Silent Voices’ draws on the long list of Clifton family employees to pay tribute to these forgotten figures and asks visitors to share their own memories and knowledge about the people behi



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