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As the lockdown begins to ease, many of us are still feeling some isolation from our loved ones. We hope Archives+ can help you to stay in touch by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, finding out what your family’s childhood was like, looking back at the area where they grew up, discovering their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems in your family’s story.
Whilst many children are off school and some adults are at home, why not take this opportunity to find out about those important stories thus ensuring this history is passed on to the next generation which can often get lost or put off for another day as we lead our busy lives. Sharing memories of days gone by can bring families closer together, listening to elderly relatives can be a comfort for families as they gain an insight into their life stories.
Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester, this week our archive collections cover Didsbury. Below you will find a collection of images from Didsbury, alongside 6 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 6 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes, Radical Thinking, and Communities. Using the worksheets as prompts to start up a conversation, write down your findings on a piece of paper, or if you prefer type into a tablet or PC.
In addition to this blog, the online memory box will be published on the Archives+ Facebook page. Dig out your old photos too, these can also be a brilliant resource to trigger fond memories of family times.We encourage you to share your findings on social media, either as comments on our Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ArchivesPlusMemorybox
If you are unable to share your photos and stories online, when the libraries reopen bring copies of your family memories into your local library. In the coming year we will produce an exhibition in your local library of selected submissions, shared both online and in person.
Please make sure that if you share any information with us that the person you have spoken to is happy for you to share it with Archives+.When sharing your findings try to avoid sharing too much personal information such as surnames and date of birth as these details can identify your loved ones.
Unlocking Your Sound Archive have produced a blog about conducting oral history interviews with family members. The audio clips included in this online memory box have been kindly supplied by Unlocking Your Sound Archive.
We hope you have enjoyed looking back at the photographs of Didsbury. More areas will be covered each week and if you would like to see more images, don’t forget to check out the photograph albums on Flickr and the Manchester Local Image Collection .
Lovely memories for me , as I was brought up in west Didsbury and Didsbury. I now live in far North Queensland, australia.
Hi, we’re happy to help bring those memories back to life for you. Kind regards Siobhan
They are nice photos and bring back memories. Currently live in Sydney. Where in Qld are you, if I may ask?
My sister and I were amazed to hear our Grandfather Tom Woodall talking to the archivist on your website and his 3 great grandsons can now hear his voice for the first time.
Tom Woodall died in 1985 aged 91.
His son -another Tom Woodall is still alive and well – and about to celebrate his 95th Birthday.
Wow that is amazing! It’s so lovely to hear this.
What now occupies the site of the old dole office in the Burton Road area?
Mark Down rings a bell. It was the John Williams the grocer chain’s first effort at a self service grocer (as they were known before supermarkets). I worked at the Burnage branch on Burnage Lane in the mid 60s. My mother shopped at the Fog Lane branch.
We grew up in west didsbury in the 70s onwards our nanna and grandad smith lived on Claremont avenue