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New exhibition celebrates classic railway artwork

A new art exhibition celebrating railway posters of a bygone era has gone on display at a historic Lancashire landmark.

‘Shifting Sands’ brings a modern slant to the old promotional posters used by the railway companies to entice people to visit the seaside.

Visitors can view the exhibition at the Georgian manor and gardens of Lytham Hall on the Fylde Coast, with twelve pieces mounted on frames close to paths around the 78-acre grounds. The art can also be seen at stations along Lancashire’s South Fylde Line.

Community Rail Lancashire and Fylde Council have worked with local artist Nicky Thompson to create the exhibition, with the pieces showcasing the style of railway posters from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The project has been part-funded by Community Rail Network’s Community Rail Development Fund.

Nicky Thompson said: “The coming of the railway transformed society. It changed everything, from what we ate – fresh food could be moved from field or sea to the city quickly – to how we spent our spare time. This heralded the start of tourism for the masses.”

The exhibition opened on February 4th and runs until 30th September.