Lottery cash brings estate’s history to life

HISTORY Charlie Fairweather, six, with an early 'picture' of Leigh Park that she had copied and reproduced on to a metal plate.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (110996-6588)
HISTORY Charlie Fairweather, six, with an early 'picture' of Leigh Park that she had copied and reproduced on to a metal plate. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110996-6588)

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THOUSANDS of residents have been learning about the history of their estate thanks to £50,000 of lottery cash.

Over the past two years more than 2,000 people have got involved in The Leigh Park History Project.

VOLUME Lynne Dick, the director of Making Space at Leigh Park with 'The Big Leigh Park History Book.     (110996-6624)

VOLUME Lynne Dick, the director of Making Space at Leigh Park with 'The Big Leigh Park History Book. (110996-6624)

In that time residents have created a ‘memory map’ using photographs of their estate and writing down their earliest memories of Leigh Park.

They also made memory plaques, designed clocks and a timeline of the area.

And at the weekend their work went on show for the first time at the Making Space centre, which organised the project.

Lynne Dick, director of Making Space, said: ‘I think it’s about having a sense of place and it allows people to have a sense of pride in where they live as well.

‘That’s really important in Leigh Park.

‘There’s an outside perception of Leigh Park which is quite different in reality.

‘I think it brings people together.

‘It allows people to meet their neighbours and make new friends.

‘It brings history alive.

‘The idea is to get the parents and children to think about history.’

The scheme was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Workshops were held over the past two years, which included talks from historians about the area.

‘I think it’s great,’ added Lynne.

‘These groups will feel very proud of the work that they have created.’

Charlie Fairweather, aged six, made a memory plaque using an old photograph which was etched into small steel plates.

Her mum Sarah, 27, from West Leigh, said: ‘She loved it. She was really engrossed. I didn’t hear a peep out of her for a couple of hours.’