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Welcome to LANCAT

Lancashire Archives was founded in 1940 and holds over 8 miles of documents, dating from 1115 to the present day. To find out more about our history visit the Image Gallery above. New deposits are featured under What's new on the right or you can follow us on Twitter @lanchistory for other news and events.

Our online catalogue holds descriptions of over 1.2 million items, which include the written and sound archives of people, organisations, local authorities and businesses in Lancashire. To find out more:

  • do a keyword search by using the Search field above
  • browse through collections by clicking the Reference Number in individual search results
  • use Advanced Search if you want to add limits to your search 
  • look in the Showcase for examples of other collections held at Lancashire Archives

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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.

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Samuel Battersby, Chief Censor for the North West during WW2

Samuel Battersby, Chief Censor for the North West during WW2

A collection of photographs submitted to Battersby showing life on the home front, bomb damage and visits to the area by members of the Royal family. Some photos have additional notes indicating sections which must be censored before publication.
Lord family of Blackpool

Lord family of Blackpool

Herbert Lord was a professional photographer who worked for most of his career in Blackpool, taking wonderful photographs of his own family and friends, the local area including Blackpool promenade and Pleasure Beach and some of the many personalities who visited the resort in the early 20th century
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