Wish you were there? Postcards from the past

The first commercial postcards appeared on mainland Europe in 1869. These cards were the idea of Dr Emanuel Herrman – the Hungarians were the first to embrace this new, cheap way of sending messages.

A pedestrian battles to stay upright in a storm in Blackpool, in 1988

A stormy history in resort

“Earlier today a woman apparently phoned the BBC, saying she had heard there was a hurricane on the way.... Don’t worry, there isn’t.”

Sheep grazing outside Sellafield, formerly Windscale

Nuclear bomb dream that led to disaster at Windscale

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in British history – an incident which spread panic among Lancashire’s farmers, fishermen and tourism industry. Jessica Hay looks back
The chimney was the first of two to be built at Windscale (Sellafield) to service reactors which were used solely for making weapons-grade plutonium for Britain's nuclear weapons programme

H-bomb aim that led to disaster

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in British history – an incident which spread panic among Lancashire’s farmers, fishermen and tourism industry. Jessica Hay looks back:

George Croft's family at his graveside

Century on from loss of Blackpool gunner

‘He died that we might live’

Assistants from the Bank Hey Street branch of Woolworths, collected 500 signatures in three hours for a petition protecting against the sale of the store, in 1982

Shut-down shops from your childhood

From Lewis’s to BHS, take a trip down memory lane.

Officer of 2/4th East Lancashires observes the enemy through a trench periscope

Superhuman bravery of Lancashire's men

The commemorations to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele have come and gone, but it should be remembered that 100 years ago the men of Lancashire were still fighting and dying as the battle dragged on. Roger Goodwin delves into the archives of the Lancashire Infantry Museum to tell the story of a Fulwood Barracks -based regiment in another phase in the battle – one which required powers of endurance even before they met the enemy
Aerial of the railway sidings attached to Blackpool Central Station

Swooping down on the Fylde of the past

The Fylde coast of the past looks stunning in some of our archive pictures.

Devonshire Road, Blackpool, school choir, 1913.
First winners of the new heap trophy in the Open Competition at the Blackpool Musical Festival

The good old days in the classroom

Now the Fylde coast’s school children are all back in their classes for another year, we take a trip down memory lane to old school days.

A procession of 10 historical trams on central promenade, led by the first ever Blackpool tram ( No 1 ),  to mark the tramway's 75th anniversary in 1960

All aboard: 125 years of corporation trams

They are a sight synonymous with Blackpool and its history.

Robert Cunliffe with his book A History of the Garstang and Knott End Railway

Book review: A History of the Garstang and Knott End Railway by Robert Cunliffe

There are still places in the rural Wyre countryside between Garstang and Knott End where the route of this gone but far from forgotten railway can still be traced.
Crossroads at Broughton at the junction of Garstang Road, Whittingham Lane and Woodplumpton Lane

Long history of Broughton bypass

Building of the Broughton Bypass is in its final few months. Local historian Keith Johnson looks back on the long journey to get the relief road
Lightning aircraft

Last of the supersonic legends of the skies

It is 50 years since one of the legendary aircraft of British aviation history rolled off the production line in Lancashire or the final time Megan Kenyon reports
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Keeping cool on Blackpool beach   Photo:  John Gay/Historic England/Mary Evans Picture Library

Celebration of the golden age of the seaside

These striking black-and-white pictures capture the essence of Blackpool in its heyday as a popular UK holiday resort.

Queueing for joy flights at old Blackpool Stanley Park aerodrome, 1933

Up, up and away – Blackpool’s other airport

Most people will be familiar with Blackpool Airport at Squires Gate.

Actors chapel
St Stephens On The Cliffs Church, North Shore, Blackpool

Take me to church: Glimpse at the history of the Actors’ Chapel

George Formby, Arthur Askey and Ivor Novello aren’t names you’d expect to see inscribed in a Blackpool church.

Princess Diana among the crowds outside trinity hospice, in 1992

“She felt like a family member”

Princess Diana first came to Blackpool in July 1991.

Princess Diana in Warton, in April 1987

Her smile lit up the whole Fylde coast

It was an image so typical of the Royal who had come to be known as the “People’s Princess”.

The new set of stamps featuring some of the most iconic and much-loved British toys

Action Man and Sindy to feature in Royal Mail's latest stamp series

Royal Mail has launched a series of stamps commemorating famous British children's toys from the last 100 years.
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