Appeal over estate heritage
AN arts charity is on the hunt for stories and memories of an estate for a project looking to create a book about its heritage.
Rochdale charity Cartwheel Arts are working with Kirkholt Million to create a book about the heritage of the Kirkholt estate and want to hear stories from residents, past and current, about the estate.
The eight-month long project will explore and celebrate the heritage of the estate and will culminate in the creation of a book and a community celebration event.
They plan to work with schools, community and youth groups to deliver a mixture of heritage, arts and creative writing workshops to capture the stories and memories that make up the fabric of the estate.
The first event will take place on Wednesday, December 12 between 1pm and 3pm at the new community hub at The Strand in Kirkholt.
Residents are invited to come and share tales and reminisce about times gone by over cake and cups of tea. The session will be led by professional writer, John Lindley and is open to all.
As part of the project, long standing residents will be interviewed about their experiences and views on how the estate has changed during the time that they have lived there and this material will be donated to the archive service in Rochdale to preserve it for future generations.
It is widely known that German prisoners of war from the Second World War helped to build the estate.
Volunteers will be trained to carry out further archive research.
Lucy Holland project manager from Cartwheel Arts, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Kirkholt Million to deliver this important project exploring the history of Kirkholt.
It’s vital that the rich heritage of the area is identified and captured for future generations as well as celebrated by it’s current residents.