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Welcome to LANCAT

LANCAT is the online catalogue for Lancashire Archives in Preston and the North West Sound Archive in Clitheroe.

It contains over 900,000 descriptions of archives which you can search by keyword using the 'Search' field above. You can also browse through collections by clicking the Reference Number in individual search results.

The 'Advanced Search' search field gives you more options, particularly that to limit your search to Lancashire Archives or North West Sound Archive.

By clicking on 'Showcase' you will find examples of the kind of collections held at Lancashire Archives, including some of the most significant, whilst the 'Image Gallery' enables you to see a very small sample of items from our holdings.

If you find details of something you want to see or hear, here's what to do:

Lancashire Archives

Please see the Visiting Us section for information on coming to Lancashire Archives, Copies of documents to request a copy or Enquiries and research to have someone research on your behalf. You can always contact Lancashire Archives if you cannot find a reference to what you are looking for, and think it is something we may have.

North West Sound Archive

You need to make an appointment to listen to material at the archive in Clitheroe. Copies of sound archives can be provided in most circumstances. Please contact the North West Sound Archive at if you want to explore these options.

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What's New

Preston Catholic College

Preston Catholic College

We now have an almost complete run of school magazines for Preston Catholic College for the years 1915-1978. They are particularly moving during the First and Second World Wars when they include letters from the front, a roll of honour, photographs and obituaries of casualties.
Skerton School Records

Skerton School Records

We now have a comprehensive collection for the various schools in Skerton, beginning with the British School in 1891 and leading right up to the closure of the Community Primary and Secondary Schools in recent years. One of the teachers at Skerton Central School clearly had a fondness for lino cut, as their scrap book includes some wonderful examples from the early 1930s.
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