‘On The Street Where We Live’ is a local, community history project based in Leigh Park, funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund and conceived and managed by Making Space. If you aren’t familiar with Making Space they are an arts & craft hub based in Leigh Park, consisting of a collection of artist studios plus workshop/exhibition space. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Making Space a grant of £50,000 for a big project to explore and celebrate life on Leigh Park from its early development as a housing estate in the 1940′s right up to the present day, the project is ‘On The Street Where We Live’.
The project is an ongoing programme of events and creative workshops to uncover personal stories and experiences that bring the history of the area to life. Residents and former residents of all ages have been sharing memories and photographs, researching the history of their local area and nominating local heroes.
The project is just about to launch a series of free events giving participants of all ages the chance to enjoy working with craft artists, filmmakers and historians to create interactive memory boxes, a film and a new map of Leigh Park as a legacy for the future. You can find out more about the project strands HERE.
The upcoming free events, open to anyone, are:
6 February: Warren Park School – 3.30pm-5.30pm
13 February: Barncroft Primary School – 3.30pm-5.30pm
27 February: Barncroft Primary School – 3.30pm-5.30pm
6 March: Warren Park Primary School – 3.30pm-5.30pm
13 March: Sharps Copse Primary School – 3.30pm-5.30pm
27 March: Sharps Copse Primary School – 3.30pm-5.30pm
The project has a Tumblr with old photographs submitted to the project plus stories and memories: