One of Greater Manchester’s most well-known areas is the feature of a brand new exhibition and a series of talks at Manchester’s Central Library.
Fresh Hope, Fresh Air is a nostalgic look at Hattersley near Hyde, originally created as an overspill estate by Manchester City Council in 1963 to provide housing for people who were living in inadequate accommodation post-war.
Such is the emotion felt for Hattersley by the people who made their homes there that the Mancunian Reunion Project run by the Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership, have now created a programme of events at Manchester Central Library encouraging people to preserve their local history.
On Tuesday 28 April, Maureen Burns, a local history librarian from Tameside Libraries, will give a talk on the history and future of Hattersley. This will then be followed on Tuesday 5 May by a reminiscence session for people to share their memories of east Manchester and Hattersley, particularly their experiences of building a life in a new community. A film of interviews with some of the original residents will be shown.
Both events begin at 1pm in the Committee Room, second floor at Central Library and are free of charge. An accompanying book will also be on sale at both events.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council said: "Hattersley is of tremendous historical importance to the city having offered a new life and better housing to hundreds of people in the sixties and early seventies. It's heartwarming to see the depth of feeling held for Hattersley by past and present residents and this exhibition is testament to the real sense of community that has been created there."
Fresh Hope, Fresh Air runs until Saturday 16 May and is located on the first floor outside the Local Studies department. Entry to the exhibition and accompanying events is free of charge.
Library opening hours are Monday - Thursday 9am until 8pm, and Friday - Saturday 9am until 5pm.
For more information contact Steve Willis at Central Library on 0161 234 1903 or visit www.mancunianreunion.co.uk
For more Manchester City Council information visit www.manchester.gov.uk