Thursday, 9 June 2011

News - Would you like to be part of an exciting new exhibition for Nottingham? (Hyson Green)

A local history project called ‘On the Flats’ is looking for photographs and other memorabilia from the 60s, 70s and 80s for an exhibition celebrating the life and times of the former Hyson Green Flats in Nottingham,
due to be held at The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard in the summer.

Can you help?

The Flats, which were built in 1965 and demolished in 1988, stood where Asda does now in Hyson Green and were considered a landmark in their day.

The ‘On the Flats’ project, which is being run by the Radford-based Partnership Council charity, was launched earlier in the year to discover the untold stories of people who lived in the Flats.

Residents’ memories will be featured in the exhibition and also in a booklet about the Flats, together with old maps and other information about the local area including what Hyson Green was like before the Flats were built.
The project is also looking for people to loan photographs for the exhibition, taken inside or outside the Flats, or in the local area. Together with memorabilia from the 60s, 70s or 80s, such as clothes, shoes, records, ornaments, household objects, magazines, newspapers and toys.
Helen Bates from ‘On the Flats’ says: “We’re looking for family photographs and other everyday objects to help us tell the story of life in Hyson Green through the eyes of the people that lived there.
Often, history neglects to tell the story of so-called ‘ordinary’ people so we want to put that right via this exhibition.
The project has already revealed some amazing memories of life in the Flats including recollections of the Nottingham Riots in 1981 and the spontaneous street party held in honour of reggae music legend Bob Marley when he sadly passed away the same year.
Plus everyday memories like playing outside the Flats and the great community spirit there.
We’re really looking forward to being able to share these memories with people across Nottingham and beyond.”

Anything loaned to the exhibition will be well looked after by the organisers and returned once the exhibition has finished.

‘On the Flats’ is being featured in a new BBC2 television show due to be broadcast later in the year, called the Reel History of Britain, which will focus on the history of Britain in the 20th century.
Many former Flats residents have joined the project as volunteer community researchers and are currently helping to gather memories and research for the exhibition and booklet.
The project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To find out more please call Helen Bates on 0115 970 8200 or email

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