In July 2016 the ground floor space at Cooke’s Studios hosted the final exhibition of this creative heritage project. The Lost Journeys exhibition attracted 100s of visitors and featured stories, animations, films, oral history recordings and photography by local participants – sharing and celebrating the importance of the old train lines of the Furness area through creative media. A visitor said:
“It’s so interesting and beautifully presented, thanks to all the researchers and creative team for capturing this lost history. It brought back vivid memories. My Grandfather and great-grandfathers were both Furness Railway men”
Included in this exhibition was a collection of archive images courtesy of Cumbrian Railway Association; including rare glimpse of ‘Lost’ stations such as Island Road “Shipyard” Station, the Broughton to Coniston Branch, and Lindal-in-Furness. Also featured was a gallery of experimental photos using Furness Railway memorabilia in portrait photography, modelled by local teenagers, Thea Jones, Cameron Coles and Sally Cole.
The purpose built installation room at 102 Abbey Rd hosted oral history recordings with local residents and vintage memorabilia on loan from Furness Railway collectors. Visitors could seat themselves on the reproduction Furness Railway bench and enjoyed still and moving images projected onto walls throughout the space.
Experimental photos were developed during community Photography workshops, including work by Geraldine Scott, who used archive images of the lost stations to create a ‘Then and Now’ digital story which we displayed in the installation room. She said;