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Sharing people's history of West Lancs

Funded on Spacehive 30 August 2023

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Sharing people's history of West Lancs


Sharing facts, photos, stories and artefacts from the past about West Lancashire, in an easily accessible paper format.

Burscough Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 30 Aug 2023!

We aim to produce a series of 2 short publications on various aspects of life and times in the West Lancashire area over the past 3 centuries, using our unique collection of material and resources. This will involve researching our subject, gathering together all the information we have and verifying the authenticity of the information. With the use of a desktop publisher programme this will then be formatted into a book of approximately 20 pages. The publications will be:- - Interesting to the general public - Historically accurate - Attractive and engaging - Enjoyable to read - Freely available

What we'll deliver:

  • Publication of two free, short local history booklets.
  • Free local events to publicise these.

Why it's a great idea:

The inspiration behind this project is our need to share the wide range of material we hold in our library. At present it is seen by the relatively few people who visit. Although we are continually expanding our website, this is seen mainly by those members with digital skills, leaving a huge number of local people who can't access this material. In undertaking this project we will share images, stories and information of long ago in West Lancashire, keeping alive the history and heritage of the area. We, as a society, will benefit from new skills learned, increased publicity and improved profile and be doing something we are passionate about. The publications will help people identify more with their community and gain a sense of the of the importance of the area in previous centuries. A more civic minded population who will take pride in where they live and want to be more involved, resulting in economic benefits and profile. Our heritage is important and must be preserved.

Steps to get it done:

  • Research and collect the content for all publications
  • Commission artwork
  • Format publications using a desktop publishing program
  • Liaise with printers
  • Make available publications
  • Promotional events and social media posts.


Location Burscough

About the space

Our area covers the old West Derby Hundred, which was the local government area prior to the 1974. Basically it is West Lancashire plus Lydiate and Melling reorganisation of the boundaries.


West Lancashire Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,048

Printing booklets (500 copies x 2) - £1,727 (57%)
Publicity equipment - £299 (10%)
Contingency - £278 (9%)
A3 scanner/printer - £257 (8%)
Small Projector Screen - £113 (4%)
Volunteer expenses - £75 (2%)
Stationary - £75 (2%)
Other - £223 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Printing booklets (500 copies x 2)
Publicity equipment
A3 scanner/printer
Small Projector Screen
Volunteer expenses
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • A launch event for the books
  • More pages per book or a further book
  • Re-printing of existing books

Total £3,048

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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