Mem­o­ries of dis­trict wanted for £2m project

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A £2 MIL­LION project to col­lect peo­ple’s mem­o­ries of work­ing in Birm­ing­ham’s his­toric Jew­ellery Quar­ter is host­ing its first events on Satur­day.

The three-year Jew­ellery Quar­ter Town­scape Her­itage (JQTH) project is backed by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and is call­ing for peo­ple to share their mem­o­ries of liv­ing and work­ing in the area.

The project wants to doc­u­ment a com­mu­nity that has evolved over gen­er­a­tions to build what it is call­ing the Jew­ellery Quar­ter Peo­ple’s Ar­chive.

The dig­i­tal ar­chive, which will launch next year, will pre­serve per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences from the quar­ter.

Ac­tiv­i­ties man­ager Kate O’Con­nor said: “The Jew­ellery Quar­ter played an in­stru­men­tal role in the lives of many gen­er­a­tions.

“We are look­ing for per­sonal sto­ries from peo­ple with a deep con­nec­tion to the area.

“Whether you vis­ited as child, worked as an ap­pren­tice or lived here be­fore the slums were cleared, we want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to come for­ward.

“By doc­u­ment­ing th­ese mem­o­ries, we want to de­velop a dig­i­tal ar­chive that will be ac­ces­si­ble for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The her­itage project is also aim­ing to bring his­toric build­ings back into use by of­fer­ing restora­tion grants to own­ers.

Th­ese will fo­cus on the part of the Jew­ellery Quar­ter known as the In­dus­trial Mid­dle in­clud­ing roads such as Vit­to­ria Street, Frederick Street and Legge Lane.

The first two drop-in events are on Satur­day Septem­ber 8, from 11am to 3pm and Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 12 from 2pm to 7pm.

Both are at The Big Peg, in Vyse Street, in the Jew­ellery Quar­ter.

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