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In Absence from Preston

LocationThe Birley
Exhibition dates:

From: 19 July 2024

To: 10 August 2024

Times:10am - 5pm
Website:The Birley - In Absence from Preston


Birley Artist Studios and Project Space presents 'In Absence from Preston,' an exhibition of photographs, video and archival ephemera by Megan Dalton. Opening July 19, it will be Megan's first solo exhibition of works and the first in her hometown of Preston.  

'In Absence from Preston' is a body of work by photographer Megan Mechelle Dalton which explores Preston and Lancashire through the lens of John Boothby from 1939 — 1959 and Megan Mechelle Dalton from 2019 — 2022. Supported by archive ephemera and family heirlooms, this exhibition brings together photographs and film that tells the story of John Boothby's life in relation to Preston's history.

About Megan Dalton

To see more of Megan's work, visit Megan Mechelle Dalton.

You can also follow on Instagram - Megan Mechelle Dalton.

Images sourced from:

  • The personal collection of John Boothby
  • The personal collection of Megan Mechelle Dalton
  • Preston Digital Archive
  • Preston Historical Society


  • Narrated by John Boothby and Megan Mechelle Dalton
  • Produced by Megan Mechelle Dalton

The Birley location

  • The Birley Artist Studios, Market Offices, Birley St, Preston, PR1 2QE