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Northwich Memorial Hall COLLECT project

Northwich Memorial HallNorthwich residents are being invited to take a trip down memory lane for an exciting project to record the colourful 52 year history of the Memorial Hall.

The ‘COLLECT’ memory capture project aims to create a lasting legacy of the building that has served as the town’s cultural hub since 1960, ahead of its closure next year.

An appeal is now going out to the community to help uncover its rich history and associated personal stories so these can be recorded for future generations. The project aims to gather spoken and written recollections spanning all eras of the Memorial Hall’s history. Organisers are also appealing for items of memorabilia such as Super 8 films, posters, tickets, photos, records and clothing that can either be loaned or donated to the project.
People have been recording their memories and dropping off memorabilia at a series of ‘collection dates’ taking place during December and will continue into January at the Memorial Hall, Northwich Library and Weaver Hall Museum.

  • Friday 18 January: Northwich Library (2 - 6pm)
  • Thursday 24 January: Weaver Hall Museum (10am - 2pm) and Memorial Hall (7 - 9pm) (tbc)
  • Friday 25 January: Memorial Hall 7-9pm (tbc)
  • Thursday 31 January: Weaver Hall Museum (10am - 2pm)

In addition to the collection days, interactive displays for collecting memories and a museum cabinet labelled “The Museum of Memorial Hall Curiosities” will be sited at the Memorial Hall, Library and Weaver Hall Museum. People will be encouraged to loan or donate objects of memorabilia to be placed in the cabinets between the beginning of December and the end of February.
The Weaver Hall Museum is also hosting two coffee afternoons for the Royal British Legion where exservices personnel can record their recollections, drop off memorabilia and be interviewed by students from Mid Cheshire College for the documentary. These will take place at the Weaver Hall Museum on 24 and 31 January 2013. Alternatively, people will be able to submit information online via a dedicated blog site and Facebook page for the project.