Rewind: fond memories of Wigan's Drumcroon art gallery

A Wigan town centre villa called Drumcroon, which was built for a surgeon and physician called Dr John McAllister Boyd, became synonymous with culture for many years when it was run by Wigan Council as a gallery and art education centre. Many a talent, both amateur and professional, was given a spotlight there and exhibitions ran alongside masterclasses and countless school visits.

There was much sadness when it closed 13 years ago and to this day some of the works that used to be on show there have yet to find a new public home. But the premises at least were later absorbed into the neighbouring Wigan Youth Zone and put to new use. Here is a colleciton of pictures from the Wigan Today archive featuring Drumcroon in its artistic hey-day.

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