Museum explores area of town in history project

A picture from the community evening.
A picture from the community evening.

An Alnwick museum is continuing its quest to map each area of the town – and has received a big response to its latest project.

The Baillifgate Museum is embarking on exploring the history of Barresdale.

A picture from the community evening.

A picture from the community evening.

It comes after a successful project on Percy Terrace, while a similar one for the St George’s/Swansfield Park area was launched in June.

Sheila Starks, a volunteer at the museum, said: “Barresdale is a fascinating area.

“The estate includes schools, shops and a community centre, as well as the Ratten Row allotments. All of these streets and places have a history worth recording. All of the people have a story to tell.”

A community evening to launch the Barresdale project was held on Tuesday in the museum and around 60 people turned up.

A leaflet drop across the estate encouraged families to come and talk about their lives on the estate across several generations. Contact has also been made with care homes to reach and engage former residents.

As part of the project, textile artist, Margaret Kenny, will be running sessions in the community centre, on Howling Lane, for young people and their families with a series of sessions also taking place in care homes for older residents.

People will be asked to share photographs, memories and stories about life on the estate, since it was built, and these images and stories will be worked into rag rugs which can be displayed locally.

Sheila added: “This will be a project which crosses the generations, from the youngest to the oldest. It will add to our understanding of our town and be a rich resource for future generations.”

For more details, call Hannah Moeini on 01665 602856.