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Ingol Memories: An exhibition, digital map and tea towel

 At Ingol Library & Intact until 31 March 2020


This exhibition brings together a tea towel created by artist Olivia Keith with objects from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery – all inspired by people’s memories of Ingol.

The Harris has a huge collection of art, history and rare books – but very few items from this area of Preston. We asked local people to share their memories of Ingol with us. Together we then create a digital map recording and sharing these.

Click the blue pointers below to read memories! 


Lot of people’s memories were about home – so it seemed only right to make an art work that would live in people’s homes: a tea towel.

Artist Olivia Keith used the digital map as the starting point for her designs. She began by creating sketches that would be turned into a lino cut and the finished art work.

On the tea towel you can see Ingol’s Rose Queen, along with local milkman Norman Winterbottom and his wife Alice on their cart, and children playing on the pipe in Ingol Dip and the brickcroft. All of this imagery has been inspired by people’s memories and family photos.

Everyone who shared their memories has been given a tea towel.

The Ingol Memories tea towel is on display at both Ingol Library and Intact. Memories from the digital map have been matched up with quirky objects from the Harris collections. This is to show a bit of what’s in the museum’s collection – and to bring a bit of the Harris to Ingol. This tea towel is also on display at the Harris – so there’s a bit of Ingol in the Harris now.

The Ingol Memories tea towel is on sale at Intact – with profits going to the community centre.

Ingol Memories is part of a project called ‘Your Point of View’ which connects the Harris to different areas of Preston. It uses branch libraries and community centres as venues for exhibitions and opportunities to talk with local people and commission artists to create new work.

The Harris would like to thank everyone in Ingol who shared their memories, photos and time. Our thanks go to Bill Shannon for his local knowledge and support; the team at Intact including Stephanie Lees Pinson and Debra Fitzsimmons and the team at Ingol Library including Margaret Moore, Richard Veevers, Gwyneth Lucas & the Tuesday Craft Group. Very special thanks to Wendy Fernyhough for her time and enthusiasm for the whole project – especially the digital map.