Ap­peal over es­tate her­itage

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

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.

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