It is no coincidence that in the 40th year of Leyland’s Museum we are also celebrating 40 years of the schools’ art exhibitions. The Old Grammar School was restored in 1977 (after a long fight to save it) with schools art events very much in mind.
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Over the years between five and six thousand High Schools pupils have had their work exhibited, and some have gone on to have careers in the arts and exhibit at the venue in later life as well! The Primary Schools exhibition, which follows in May has displayed something in the region of 15,000 pieces of work; a select group have had work displayed at both. In 2006 the museum resumed having a dedicated prize giving event. The first venture almost came to grief when over a hundred people packed into the museum. Thereafter the prize giving was moved to the adjacent parish church, which in recent years has been filled.