Celebrating 90 years of Astley Hall history

Celebrating 90 years of Astley Hall history

Celebrating 90 years of Astley Hall history

First published in Chorley Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A historic hall is to mark a major anniversary in its past with a whole host of fun and games for all the family.

It’s 90 years since Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery first opened its doors to the public after being handed over to Chorley Council as a memorial to those who died in the First World War.

Now the Grade 1 listed building will take centre stage in a day of celebration to mark the occasion on Saturday, May 24.

From noon until 4.30pm there will be a 1920s theme to all the activities that people can enjoy for free.

There will be a ‘Then and Now’ exhibition in the Townley Parker Room in the Hall with comparison views of Astley’s exterior, interior and park with modern images taken by Chorley Photographic Society sitting alongside images taken at the time the Hall was transferred to the council of the time.

Visitors will be entertained by a jazz band as they arrive, and there will be 1920s sports activities such as lawn tennis and croquet.

There will also be vintage vehicles parked outside for people to admire; the Friends of Astley Hall and staff will be in costume.

Plus the Hall will be open as usual with many exhibits brought out of storage and rooms made more accessible to better showcase the Hall’s many treasures. There’s also an art exhibition by local artist and illustrator Tony Kerins in the Hall’s art gallery; and there’s the Chorley Remembers Experience, a tribute to those who’ve died in conflicts across the world in the Coach House.

Gary Hall, chief executive of Chorley Council, said: “The Hall was given to the council by its owner Reginald Arthur Tatton in 1922, however work needed to be done on it before it could open to the public.

“May 2014 is the 90th anniversary of when it opened as a public museum and art gallery and since then it has been enjoyed by countless numbers of people, with over 50,000 people visiting in the last 12 months alone.”

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