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As the lockdown continues 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 taking a look at our popular online memory boxes 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 Harpurhey. Below you will find a collection of images from Harpurhey, 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 Harpurhey. 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 .
Particularly enjoyed listening to Paul Granny’s voice.
Thanks Judith, there are more recording from Paul Graney here https://bit.ly/3dvUzmj Regards Siobhan
Was looking for a photograph of Harpurhey”s Ella Street, but great images.
Thanks Andy – we have just 2 photos referring to Ella Street – see here https://bit.ly/2Z3FP8P Regards Siobhan
Hi yes I’ve seen these, was searching for photos of the street as it was when people lived there. It’s where my Mum used to live before the clearances.
I was born in harpur hey in 1946, went to Christ Church school,lived in Boardman St.does anyone else remember the school and street?
I remember you and your family. My name was John Barber then and I lived opposite you at number 33. I also went to Christ Church. My mam (Mary) and me visited your mother (May) in Langley when you moved there in the 50s
Was born at 13 Ventnor Street, on the corner of Middlewood Street in 1963 and lived there till age 7. Some great childhood memories of the old streets, now sadly demolished except for the small part of Ventnor and Beeston Street that still stands. Thanks for putting this together. It’s interesting to have your childhood memories refreshed.
Very interesting photos and comments. My grandfather’s family was living on School Street in 1901, and had moved to Hatfield Street by 1911. Any photos/info about these streets would be welcome!
Hi Simon, there are a few images of those roads in our local image collection https://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php