Discover Leigh Park’s history at exhibition

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RESIDENTS have a unique opportunity to see an original piece of artwork made by their neighbours.

The £50,000 Leigh Park heritage project has come to an end after two years, involving more than 1,500 people from the area.

Staff at Making Space art centre in Bishopstoke Road used local history collections, research and the memories and photographs of local people to create works of art, including the Big Book.

The Big Book is almost a modern day version of the Bayeux Tapestry tracing the history of the area from the Victorian era through the 1950s and up to the present day.

Artists and historians worked alongside residents and schoolchildren on 12 different projects.

The fruits of their work will be on display on March 19, at Making Space.

Director Lynne Dick, said: ‘We know that this project has made a difference to Leigh Park residents, because so many people got involved, enjoyed working together alongside the artists and historians.

‘Making Space has only been in Leigh Park for just under four years, so this project has been a fantastic and creative way for people to explore their heritage.’

The exhibition runs from 10am to 4pm and entry is free.