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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Share your seldom seen secrets with Art Gene

IT’S time to get the biscuit tin out of the attic and dust off old photographs, letters and memorabilia as Art Gene brings the Seldom Seen roadshow to Barrow on Saturday.

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Furness-based Art Gene is creating a digital archive of the “Seldom Seen” assets and hidden histories of Morecambe Bay, collecting local stories, character and folklore, old photographs, objects and artefacts for an online database and a mobile “cabinet of curiosities”.

The roadshow takes place at Art Gene, in Barrow’s the Nan Tait Centre from 10am to 4pm, and people can drop in anytime and bring along those items that tell a story or build a picture of Morecambe Bay and its people.

Experts including Susan Benson from Barrow Record Office, local historian and author John Nixon, and Dr David Cooper from Manchester University will be on hand to talk about the treasures brought in, and the history and culture of the bay.

Artists Stuart Bastik and Maddi Nicholson will exhibit work-in-progress on a new series of maps and Bart Donato and Steve Benn from Natural England will advise on the ecology and wildlife of the Bay.

Maddi explained that nothing is too ordinary or obscure to bring along. “Whether it’s fish or fowl, everyday lives and traditions, seashells, industrial heritage, Victorian bottles, shipbuilding, whammling, corpse trails, churches, Lancashire Nobbies, lost villages, train stations and trains, folklore or facts about our unique natural environment, we want to hear all about it,” she said.

Art Gene will copy or photograph personal photos and memorabilia so you won’t lose anything precious. You will also be able to register something you would be willing to donate or loan to the project for exhibition at a later date.

The Furness road show is one of a programme of events and road shows all round the bay, presented by Art Gene in partnership with Morecambe Bay Partnership and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.

The event is free to drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm and there is no need to book.

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