The people of Warrington are being urged to dig out old photos and share stories to feature in a new health and wellbeing facility.
Culture Warrington’s archives team are on the hunt for pictures which could be the final piece in the jigsaw of west Warrington’s history to be displayed in the new Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub – one of the region’s first dementia-friendly facilities.
The charity has received a grant from Arts Council England, which has been allocated through Museum Development North West, to work with the community to display the memorable pictures and pieces of art throughout the building to assist with navigation.
The hub will provide health and wellbeing facilities including a fitness suite, two swimming pools, studios, library, health space and spa for residents living in the area which has Warrington’s fastest ageing population.
With construction of the new facility now well underway, Culture Warrington is asking residents to remember the rich history of the area that the new hub will serve.
Heritage manager at Culture Warrington, Janice Hayes, said: “We’ve scoured the official records in our collections of west Warrington and we have some huge gaps we need your help filling.
“We have old maps of the area to help build up a great picture of life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries but very little to tell the story of the area from the late 1940s to today.
“We believe you can help us fill in these gaps, although you may not even realise your stories and photos are of interest to others.
“We’d really like your help and would love to talk to you about your memories.”
It is hoped the images will help the team illustrate the growth of the suburbs and housing estates and a new way of life in the areas surrounding Great Sankey.
The invite is being extended to anyone who was a pioneer of the new districts like Hood Manor, Barrow Hall or Westbrook, as well as residents of Sankey, Penketh or Burtonwood who have seen these areas of Warrington change over the decades.
The team would also like to hear from residents with images from the Coronation parties in 1953 and Silver Jubilee parties in 1977 for example.
Information and images about the opening of new buildings and schools are also welcome, as are stories about moving to the area from elsewhere. Posters, leaflets, adverts and parish magazines which record an event taking place could also be invaluable.