website was produced as part of the Digital History for Preston Schools
project, which was funded by the DfEE Museums and Galleries Education
It offers children the opportunity to develop their ICT skills
whilst learning about the history and geography of their local area.
The interactive elements of the website also ensure students can
improve literacy and numeracy and develop other lifelong skills.
It provides useful and enjoyable National Curriculum content for
children at Key Stages 2 and 3.
The website is based on the history of the cotton industry in Preston
and its effect on Preston and its inhabitants. It also uses the
history of the Horrockses company in Preston as a specific case
study. The website draws primarily on the collections held by the
Harris Museum and research compiled from the collections of the
Harris Reference Library and Lancashire County Record Office.
The website was produced by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in
Preston, which is section of the Community, Regeneration and Leisure
Services department of Preston Borough Council.
The historical research for the website was undertaken by Dr Alan
Crosby and Emma Heslewood, Keeper of Social History. Additional
research and development of the content of the site was also undertaken
by Lisa Watson and Peter Rix, Education Officers at the Harris Museum
and Art Gallery.
The website was developed and tested in partnership with teachers
from the following Preston schools:
We would like to take this opportunity like to thank all the contributors,
teachers and advisors involved in the project, particularly from
CLEO, the Lancashire Professional Development Service and Lancashire
Schools' ICT Centre.
All text and images are copyright of the Harris Museum and Art
Gallery and the contributing organisations or individuals. The majority
of the images used in this website are from the Harris Museum photographic
archive. All other material is acknowledged where original sources
have been identified. All effort has been made to trace surviving
copyright holders to obtain the necessary permissions.
The site is intended to grow to include new research and material
about Preston and the cotton industry. With the advances in broadband
technology future updates of this site will include sound and moving
For any enquiries regarding the future development of this website
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square,Preston,
Telephone: 01772 258248.