Rediscover Barrow’s Duke Street


Above: Black & white postcard view of Duke Street from Ramsden Square, circa 1900s, courtesy of Barrow Archives & Local Studies Centre


Rediscover Barrow’s Duke Street



Re:discover Barrow – An Armchair Walk


How do Sir Malcolm Campbell, the Dutch Masters and The Furness Toilet Club all come to be on Barrow’s Duke Street?

Join us as we look back at this important historical area, to uncover the businesses which traded on the street, and the people who lived and worked here throughout the years.

Using historical research and local people’s memories, we‘ll tell the story of the street, with a focus on a handful of key properties – from it’s dusty beginnings, through wealth and wartime, to the Duke Street we know today. 

This online event will premiere a short film, including drone footage of the present-day street, historical images, interviews, and local voices, and will be followed by discussion with an expert panel who have been involved in the project. Filmed and edited by Colin Aldred, Aerial Artwork. 


Above: screenshot from the film Re:discover Barrow – An Armchair Walk, by Colin Aldred, Aerial Artwork

About Re:discover Barrow

Re:discover Barrow – An Armchair Walk is the first in a series of cultural events, exploring and celebrating the rich and diverse history of Duke Street, in Barrow-in-Furness. The area of Duke Street, and Cornwallis Street, is one of 14 High Street Heritage Action Zones in the North West, designated by Historic England

Barrow Borough Council was awarded £1.1M of government funding by Historic England, for the scheme which will rejuvenate the heritage, retail and cultural offer for the town through the Re:discover Barrow project

For this first project Art Gene are working with Barrow Borough Council, to begin the fascinating research into the street. 

Last month Re:discover Barrow was awarded an additional £100,000 by Historic England for a 4 year programme of cultural events, centred on the High Street Heritage Action Zone including projects and events supported and delivered by arts organisations Art Gene, Theatre Factory, Signal Film & Media, Full of Noises, Sound Intervention, Barra Culture & Barrow Archives.  READ MORE

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