Storey Public Launch‏

On Saturday 30th January, the Storey Creative Industries Centre on Meeting House Lane – the old Storey Institute – officially opens its doors to the public after a three-year refurbishment process.  The day-long launch event is aimed at celebrating Lancaster’s creative past, present and future.   Building on Sir Thomas Storey’s original vision, the event will showcase the wealth of creative entrepreneurs currently resident in The Storey and how the building’s new identity will contribute to Lancaster’s emerging role as a regional hub for creativity and innovation.

Neil Simpson, manager of The Storey, is delighted to be instrumental in this chapter of such an enduring story: “Thomas Storey was a visionary.  He saw the future lay in equipping people with creative skills to cope with a changing economic landscape.  And this notion is still absolutely true; all that has changed are the skills.  So, now we have everyone from web-designers and script-writers through to film-makers and music producers working here every day.”

The launch event will start at 10.00am and each of the public spaces in the building will be used to present the resident’s specialisms and the continuing vision, featuring a creative industries timeline, film and image loops, presentations and live music in the evening.  Elsewhere in the building, The Storey Gallery will be launching their new exhibition, ‘What Happens If…?’, and NICE Bar & Restaurant will be launching their new spring menu with special offers and free tasters throughout the day.

The evening music event is open to people of all ages and features local post-rock band, Satellites, supporting groundbreaking electro-rock artists Gallops and Shmoo, both of whom recently featured on BBC Introducing as ‘ones to watch for 2010’.  There will also be DJ sets from Mister Sushi and Shengi.

The daytime activities are all free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about this exciting initiative.  Advance tickets for the music event cost £7 (£5 concessions) and are available from the Visitor Information Centre in The Storey or via The Storey website,


One Response

  1. Hasn’t the Storey been open for months? I’m confused.
    Still it looks like a good day.

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