Almost ready for a revisit and renewal in 2019, in 2014 the Council published its Cultural Framework to provide the context for the development of culture in Preston, ensuring that the spirit and vibrancy of the Guild is maintained in the future.
The Framework recognises the importance that culture plays in our everyday lives and the development of Preston as a key cultural centre in Lancashire.
Vision for 2018
Preston is recognised as a major centre for culture in the North West, with a thriving creative sector, where everyone has opportunities to be inspired by and participate in arts and heritage and to have joyful experiences which reinforce the spirit of the Guild City.
The Cultural Framework can be viewed and downloaded from the Documents section on this page.
The Cultural Framework board
To oversee and support the delivery of the Cultural Framework a board has been developed bringing together strategic cultural partners from across the city. The membership of the Cultural Framework Board is made up from:
The UCLan Local Collection is collection of material focusing on the history of Lancashire, with particular emphasis on Preston and its environs. The collection reflects the boundaries of the current county of Lancashire and seeks to complement, not replicate, local studies collections in other libraries and Universities in the North West. The collection is held on open access shelves and the majority is Reference Only. The materials are located on the second floor of the library, opposite the Sport England Collection, directly after the Law Statutes.
Other sources for local studies within the immediate area include:
Harris Library, Preston
Lancashire Record Office – Preston
This film by Garry Cook was commissioned by the Harris Museum & Art Gallery as part of their Heritage Lottery Fund bid. They’ve called this project Harris Re-imagined. This is the full six-and-a-half minute version. It contains drone footage filmed by David Severns-Jones. All other video and images are by Garry Cook.
Fascinating Research Paper tabled during #InterfaithWeek “Interfaith Dialogue and Social Action: Does Preston Need an Interfaith Strategy?” by Cllr. Martyn Rawlinson @martynrolly
Many complex conclusions and encouraging recommendations going forward as one would naturally imagine. But in particular, and when considering #thetestbed aspirations for creative cultural engagement within the brand new civic public realm of #UCLanUniversitySquare, the following recommendation extracts are seen as being particularly notable:
- …Physical spaces needs to be maintained for increased opportunities for multi-cultural, multi-faith encounters, including local and central public spaces….
- …Projects should concentrate on social action, on issues that communities want to tackle while engaging diverse culture and creating conversations….
- …Funding (needed) to develop innovative projects on interfaith dialogue and social action; and a public/faith/voluntary sector partnership taking ownership of a campaign to promote education, citizenship and democracy among communities…
The Larder is a social enterprise in Preston. It promotes food that’s healthy, local, seasonal and waste-free, and their profits go to communities in need. The Larder works through a catering business, training academy and network of Lancashire farms.
Lancashire become one of the UK’s first ever Sustainable Food Counties with its very own Sustainable Food Charter in 2015. Various cities across the country have signed up to the Sustainable Food Cities Network charter. The network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change and that are committed to promoting sustainable food for the benefit of people and the planet.
Just about to clock-off and say goodnight from #thetestbed. Just been registering with and exploring Preston Digital Archive….