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Genius of Lancashire

Lancashire is represented in this sculpture by Percival Ball called the ‘Genius of Lancashire’. The objects placed around the figure of a shuttle, Davy lamp, anvil, hammer and pick symbolise Peace and Commerce in place of War which is represented by the blade bent across her knee. Made around 1880 the sculpture was presented to the Museum by Benjamin Armitage the son of Salford textile manufacturer, Elkanah Armitage. Benjamin himself went into manufacturing and also politics being elected as the first MP for the new Salford West seat in 1885.