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“A picture is worth a thousand words” – English idiom

Red Rose Collections is Lancashire County Council’s online archive for Lancashire local history resources. It includes an image archive of historic photographs from the collections of libraries all over the county of Lancashire, plus indexes to other valuable records held at Lancashire Archives and Libraries, such as the Preston Guild Rolls, Lancashire Police index and a local newspaper index.

Over the last ten years volunteers and staff have digitized over 30,000 photos for Red Rose Collections and done a lot of research on the people, places and times.

We will tell some of the stories they’ve uncovered about some of these photographs, the people in them and the photographers who took them, on the News page of Red Rose Collections and those stories will then be archived here, so they can still be read.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We also think that some of these pictures deserve to have some words written about them as well!

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