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Memories wanted for exhibition on the development of Padgate during New Town era


LOCAL residents with memories of the Padgate area of Warrington during the development of the new town in the 1970s and 80s are being invited to share their memories for a special exhibition this summer.

Organised by curator Su Fitzpatrick, the exhibition will hopefully take place at Padgate Library subject to Covid restrictions being lifted.
Padgate library was designed as part of the area’s New Town expansion in the 1970s. To celebrate the Library’s re-opening, a free exhibition all about Padgate’s experience of New Town expansion in the 1970s and 80s is being organised.

Photographs from the Warrington and Runcorn Development Corporation archive have been digitised especially for the exhibition, but in addition, organisers are looking for help from local reisdents to contribute their memories and photos.
Do you have photographs of neighbourhood life covering the late 1970s up to the 1990s that you are willing to share?
Are you able to take a good quality picture of your photos and send them into the project? In addition, would you like to write down your memories and reflections and send them in so they can form part of the exhibition display?
Whether it is your own personal recollections of the beginnings of the New Town era in the 1970’s or those of older family members, or whether you would like to contribute your thoughts on how the new town expansion changed Padgate, organisers would like to hear from you.
Please consider sending your responses to some or all of the questions below that apply to your experience as direct messages to the Days of the New Town facebook page: www.facebook.com/daysofthenewtown alternatively go to the project blog: www.daysofthenewtown.wordpress.com and use the contact tab to leave your responses.
Did you move to Padgate during the New Town expansion of the 1970’s into the 1980’s? If so, can you recall what your first impressions were of the area? What attracted you to the area?
Were you or family existing residents of Padgate? How do you think the New Town expansion changed the area?
What did you think of the Development Corporation’s design for the residential areas and recreational green spaces of Padgate at the time in the 1970’s?
How do you think the Development Corporation’s design for the residential areas and recreational green spaces has evolved over time? Have they withstood the test of time?
Do you mind being named in the exhibition as a contributor, or would you prefer your contributions to remain anonymous?
Would you be happy for Curator Su Fitzpatrick to contact you to follow up on any of your responses? If so, please consider leaving an email address or phone number.


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