Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent memories sought for exhibition

Longton market - archive image
Image caption Drop-in sessions about the project are being held at Longton market

People in part of Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their memories recorded for an interactive heritage trail.

From September, voices of Longton residents could be heard at about 30 places in the town, under the project using about £100,000 of lottery money.

Under the scheme audio will also be available at an exhibition at the restored Enson pottery works site.

Residents were able to find out how to get involved at Longton market earlier.

Further drop-in sessions about the project will be held there on all other Wednesdays in April.

From September, members of the public are due to be able to hear recordings at information boards which will guide people on how to access the audio on their phones.

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Heritage project officer Elise Turner said those involved in the project could record "wonderful family memories".

"What we're really looking for are those magical stories that you hear around the Sunday dinner table, where grandma and granddad suddenly come out with this amazing gem that no-one's ever heard of.

"If we don't preserve these memories, so much of Longton's great past is just going to be lost."

Local arts group B-Arts and history and media students from Staffordshire University will help to record memories and upload them onto an online archive.

Stories will also be given to The Potteries Museum archive.

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