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Ribbleton residents to create lasting legacy of Moor Nook estate

Posted on - 2nd February, 2012 - 10:30am | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Things To Do

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Residents of Ribbleton have been invited to participate in a project to create a lasting memory of people’s experiences and memories of the Moor Nook estate for Guild year.

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The project, called Moor Nook EMB – Moments in Time, will focus on the history of Moor Nook as told by residents. Some families have lived on the estate since it was first built over 50 years ago.

Moor Nook Estate Management Board also want to educate local children and young people about the history of the Ribbleton area, including Ribbleton Hall and the 1648 Battle of Preston.

Jenn Impett, Moor Nook EMB Housing Manager, said: “It is really important to get local people involved in understanding the city’s heritage, and appreciating the importance of where they came from.

“Many people that live on the estate now were here when the estate was built and can tell others about how the estate used to be, and their memories of the area.

“We try and complete at least one project per year which makes a difference to the local community.

“Last year we transformed a piece of land from an overgrown ex-garage site into a fantastic community allotment which local people now use to grow their own fruit and vegetables, educating their children on the benefits of healthy eating.”

The project aims to get community journalists to work with young people in order to interview older residents who have resided in the area for some time. These recordings will also be stored by North West Sound Archives in their oral history archives.

By the end of February it is hoped that enough quotes have been collected for the construction of a “memories path”, a space in the heart of the estate that documents thoughts and moments captured from the residents. Further collaboration will include work with the Harris Museum and Lancashire Records Office.

Moor Nook EMB have arranged their first “Reminiscence Coffee Morning” this Friday 3 February, 10:30 am at the EMB office. 

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