Three months on… we’ve been busy

It’s now three months since we launched Red Rose Collections… and we’ve been busy!

Who? Where? When?

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You may have noticed that some of the photos on our collections are missing information about who, where and when?

There are two reason for this

One reason is we just haven’t had time to add all the information to all the images yet.

We currently have volunteers doing just that working in

Accrington, Burnley, Chorley, Clitheroe, Colne, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Leyland, Nelson, St Annes

We will soon be recruiting new volunteers to continue this work and add new material to the collections. If you are interested in volunteering, these opportunities will be appearing here:

The second reason is that we don’t always have all that information. However, you have been great! Since the launch we’ve been flooded with comments from site users helping us ‘fill in the gaps’. Please keep them coming.


Where is Where?

Another job the volunteers are doing which is painstaking but also actually quite easy and fun, is adding GIS map references to as many photos as possible.

When you view these photos on Red Rose Collections you will see a ‘Mario Map’ link next to the image, like this one: Mario Map.

And when you click it, a Lancashire Mario map will open showing the exact location.

The example above shows exactly where I am sat writing this newsletter.

One of the great things about Lancashire Mario Maps is that you can also overlay historical maps to see what a location used to look like:



Then and Now… The Cevic


One of the many comments we received this month was about the Fleetwood trawler ‘Cevic’, which is featured in our Float collection. The ‘Cevic’ sank in June 1927 fortunately with no loss of life:

“I live in Ramsey, Isle of Man. I regularly walk along this stretch of Ballure beach where the remains are still exposed at low water. Amazing to see it with crew members visible leaving port all those years ago. I was always fascinated by her past, and what had happened to her to cause her to run aground. You can still see parts of her hull and ribs, and various other large pieces of her lying on the sand.”

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