Gawthorpe Hall

Portraits of the Past

Portraits of the Past, funded by a Heritage Lottery grant, was a project exploring Gawthorpe Hall, much loved by the Padiham and Burnley community that surrounds it.  The aim of the project was to explore the Hall’s place in community life through oral history, photography and the creative arts, and create a lasting legacy of that work. To that end, the online image archive is accompanied by oral histories in the NW Sound Archive and a publication giving a taste of each.  Read all about the activities and the legacy on our main website.

This site was specifically to create the online archive by encouraging people to share photographs of Gawthorpe.  We were especially interested in the role Gawthorpe plays in the lives of local people today, so images of family picnics and dog walking in the grounds were as welcome as black and white pictures of the past.  You can see from the large Gallery of images that we received some wonderful contributions.

The project ran from summer 2013 to spring 2014 and although it is officially finished you can still add your images to the archive by selecting Contribute at the top of the page. We hope to keep this page available for the foreseeable future.


Portraits of the Past


To contribute to the Portraits of the Past gallery you will need a Flickr account.

If you already have a Flickr account: Sign in to Flickr and then return to this site. Click on the contribute button below and you will be taken to the Portraits of the Past Group on Flickr. Click on the + Join Group button, join the Group and then you can click on the + Add Photos button. You will be able to select up to 6 images at a time from your Photostream to add to the Group. Once selected click the ADD TO GROUP button and your photos will automatically appear in the Portraits of the Past Gallery. (You may have to Refresh the page to see them). Don’t forget to add a title and description to your photograph which says when it was taken and why it’s important to you.

If you do not have a Flickr account but would like to contribute: Please click here to be taken to the Flickr home page were you can click the sign up button to create an account (you can use an existing Facebook or Google account). Once you have created a Flickr account follow the instructions above.

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