Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.

History Update

Walkley Community Centre

Great night with the Walkley historians last night. Seventeen people gathered around tables in Walkley Community Centre with maps, documents and photos to decide who is going to research what from the lives of WW1 soldiers through the early years of Walkley Reform Club to post-war life, slum clearance and the Walkley Action Group campaign.

Then, we followed the historian session with the second of two oral history training workshops at the Centre. There are now 21 trained oral historians ready to hit the streets of Walkley to discover its remembered past! Some will begin recording family, friends and neghbours. We also have about 30 people who have been in touch asking to be recorded.

Today, we spent an hour with Veronica Hardstaff in Ruskin Park, identifying which demolished streets local school children will mark out across the park for the Walkley Festival’s Ruskin Park Fun Day on the 6th July. The even numbers of Harworth Steet are definitely on to do, including the club at the corner with Daniel Hill St.

Some of the stalls will be in people’s houses, hopefully the beer tent in a back garden and the stage in the club.

We will write potted biographies of families from as many demolished homes as we can, with names and occupations, display photos and produce a discovery trail for families.


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

2 comments on “History Update

  1. Margaret Dwyer
    May 2, 2013

    Could you tell me why you are only pegging and researching the even numbers of Harworth Street?

  2. Bill Bevan
    May 2, 2013

    Hi Margaret,

    So that what we do fits in with the rest of the Fun Day. The even numbers fit with the layout of the stalls while the odd numbers would get in the way of the bouncy castle and the pantomime horse race track! We also hope to mark out even numbers of Elton St now too though, now we know we have the capacity to do so.

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