Heritage Lottery’s £24k boost

The Herd Lassie, given to the Lytham St Annes Corporation in the 1920s.

The Herd Lassie, given to the Lytham St Annes Corporation in the 1920s.

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Fylde’s art gems have received a £24,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Arts education group Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) has been successful in its application for a grant from the fund and it will pay for a two-year project to raise awareness of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

Fylde DFAS’ Tagging the Treasures project will see volunteers recruited to research artists, art works and donors, producing a complete online and printed catalogue that will make information about the collection fully accessible.

The art collection had its origins almost 90 years ago when John Booth of the Booths supermarket chain donated a Richard Ansdell painting The Herd Lassie to Lytham St Annes Corporation.

That was the start of a stream of bequests and donations and the collection grew to more than 200 works.

It is the second major cash award for Fylde DFAS inside a year.

Twelve months ago, it received £20,000 from the Arts Council for its It’s A Birdie community arts project.

Marie Riley, from Fylde DFAS, said she was delighted: “We’re thrilled that the 
Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant.

“We plan to work closely with The Collection and bodies such as Fylde Council, Lancashire County Museum Service, the libraries and other groups.”