Growing Memories Appeal for Photographs & Stories

Photograph above: Digging for Victory 1941 in Fairview Road, Wolverhampton. From the collection of Moya Lloyd.

 

In collaboration with local history project Living Memory we are excited to invite you to share your gardening, allotment and outdoor memories and photographs with us on, and before, our Sharing Nature Open Day on 22nd April 2018.

Living Memory is a two-year Heritage Lottery supported project that will be recording and celebrating photography collections and life stories from communities across the Black Country. They will be joining us at our Open Day, with their portable scanners, to record your memories and share some of the historical garden photographs they have found from across the region – see some of the photos in this blog post for a sneak preview!

Jean Sweetland in the family garden in Oldbury, late 1930s. Photo used courtesy of The Sweetland Collection

Jean Sweetland in the family garden in Oldbury, late 1930s. Photo used courtesy of The Sweetland Collection. From Living Memory

Do you have any historic photos or stories that you would like to share with us surrounding your allotment, garden or growing in general? We will be having a display at our Open Day of anything we collect beforehand and if you’d like to join in and have your memories as part of this display then please email your photos to us at boundarywayproject@gmail.com.

Don’t worry though, emailing us your historical photographs isn’t the only way you can get involved. We’d also love for you to come along to our Sharing Nature Open Day and share your photographs with us on the day. The team from the Living Memory Project will be on hand to scan your images and listen to your stories – we can’t wait to see what you have to share!

Family scene at Holt Fleet. Photo used courtesy of The Ron Moss Collection.

Family scene at Holt Fleet. Photo used courtesy of The Ron Moss Collection. From Living Memory.

Alongside this amazing opportunity to share our garden and allotment histories, Moya Lloyd, Maria Billington and Living Memory’s Geoff Broadway will be presenting their findings following two years of research and development work at Boundary Way. Maria will be presenting the plants that she has found in our community garden whilst mapping the changes in plant life through the seasons at Boundary Way – she has been helped along the way by visiting schoolchildren. Alongside this, Geoff will be discussing his investigation into the heritage of Boundary Way Allotments. He has been exploring the site through through audio and film interviews with plot holders and site users past and present, as well as documenting of the Boundary Way project as it has developed and we are looking forward to sharing his, and Maria’s, discoveries with you.

In our collaboration with Living Memory we will also be highlighting how family history and knowledge from parents and grandparents can fuel a lifelong passion for growing, and sharing some of our own gardening memories too! We hope you will join is in getting involved with discovering our local gardening history and hope you will join us in telling a story or two. All this sharing will be followed by an afternoon of workshops, which you can find out more about on our Events Page.

We can’t wait to start receiving your photographs and stories to display, and look forwards to seeing you at our Sharing Nature Open Day on 22nd April 2018 from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

For more information on Living Memory click the link below to view their website:

Living Memory

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