Lytham Heritage Centre, home to Lytham Heritage Group

Lytham Heritage Group and Heritage Centre

Founded in 1987, Lytham Heritage Groups mission is to ‘preserve and promote the history and heritage of the ancient parish of Lytham.’ That includes Lytham, Saltcotes, Ansdell, Fairhaven, Heyhouses, Kilgrimol and St Annes.

Exhibitions at Lytham Heritage Centre

At last, the Heritage Centre is expecting to reopen on 22 June 2021!

The first show displays the work of an exciting new exhibitor, Glynn Ward – a prolific painter of landscapes, cars and local North West scenes.

Glynn Ward exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre
Glynn Ward exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre
    22 June   –  18 July                          “Captured on Canvas” From the botanical to mechanical, a unique collection of art inspired in Lancashire by Glynn Ward.    
20 July – 08 Aug                     The Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire Summer Exhibition.  
  10 – 29 Aug  “Natural Inspirations” Contemporary Art by Joan Aitchison.
    30 Aug –  19 Sep    “To Frame or Not to Frame?” mixed media paintings by Margaret Rodwell.    
  21 Sept – 10 Oct   “Autumn Exhibition” by  LSA Art Society.  
  12 Oct – 21 Nov        “The ‘Mexico’ Disaster”  Lytham Heritage Group  exhibition to commemorate the 135th Anniversary of  the worst ever Lifeboat disaster that occurred locally on  9  December  1886.
 30 Nov – 05 Dec “Christmas Fayre Week”  buy original gifts by local artists and crafts people.

Lytham Heritage Group Today

Lytham Heritage Group has a large membership and an active calendar of events.

The large group of active members enjoy regular exhibitions and speakers. They also manage the Heritage Centre in Clifton Square. Enjoy exhibitions, the Archive Centre and the Windmill Museum.

It hosts exhibitions by local art societies, individual artists, local schools and community groups. The Centre provides information on what to see in Lytham and where to find it. There are regular talks from interesting speakers. Plus booklets and pamphlets for educational purposes, including the history of Lytham – ‘Our Town’.

Join Lytham Heritage Group

Interested in the history and heritage of Lytham and surrounding areas? Why don’t you become a member for a very modest annual subscription.

Lytham Heritage Group aims to entertain, inform and educate the membership, local people and visitors to the town. To do this it needs the help of willing volunteers.

Annual membership is very reasonable. There’s a full programme of events for members and a regular newsletter. If you join you might enjoy it and want to get a bit more involved!

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How Lytham Heritage Group Began and Grew

The Group began back in 1987. Plans were afoot to demolish the Baths building – which was saved and is now the Assembly Rooms. The Heritage Group staged its first art exhibition with paintings of the building. The rest, as they say, is history!

In 1989 Lytham Windmill came under the custodianship of the Heritage Group, following another landmark exhibition of its history.

The current Heritage Centre was originally a TSB bank. A Grade II listed building, built in 1899 for the Manchester and County Bank.

Clifton Square with Lytham Heritage Centre right in the middle of the shot
Clifton Square with Lytham Heritage Centre right in the middle of the shot

Later, the Group opened the Old Lifeboat House, next to the windmill on Lytham Green. Not only does it contain exhibits, it also includes the fully restored ‘Chapman’ lifeboat from 1901.

Lytham Windmill and Old Lifeboat House on Lytham Green
Lytham Windmill and Old Lifeboat House on Lytham Green

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