Monday, 5 November 2012

Event - Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars History Project Launch

Friday, 30th November 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm.
Ruskin Hall, Walkley Community Centre, 7a Fir Street, Walkley.

Enjoy a glass of wine or fruit juice and some snacks while finding out about a new exciting Walkley history project.

You can see the archive of the Walkley Action Group, set up by local people to save Walkley from the bulldozers. Highlights include the maps showing the phases of demolition, how Walkley would have looked like after tower block redevelopment and of every house in Walkley colour-coded for its condition.

You can visit the Club’s WW1 memorial windows in the snooker club.

We will give a short introduction about the project.

Two exciting speakers are now confirmed for the launch!

Geoff Green, a leading light of the 1960s’ Walkley Action Group will introduce the work of the Group in campaigning against the slum clearance plans.

Narendra Bajaria was the council planning officer who led the Walkley Improvements Scheme during the 1970s which led to Walkley houses being ‘saved’ and ‘modernised’.

Each will talk for about 5 minutes about their work in the Walkley clearance and improvements scheme.

There are plenty of ways to gfet involved. You can sign-up for:

1) Being kept up to date about the project.
2) To volunteer to be an Oral History Interviewer, with training provided.
3) To volunteer to be a Local History Researcher, with training provided.
4) To have your memories of Walkley in the 1960s and 1970s recorded.

Walkley Community Centre is managing this exciting three-year history project, beginning in November 2012.

The project will:

1) Research the lives of Walkley people before they went to fight in World War 1 and preserve the memorials of fallen members of the Walkley Liberal Reform Club.
2) Explore the council plans to demolish Walkley in the 1960s and 70s.
3) Make public the Walkley Action Group archive in the Walkley Commnunity Centre.
4) Record memories of Walkley during the 1960s and 70s.
5) Find out what Fir St was like in 1908 when the Walkley Liberal Reform Club was built.

We hope the project will lead to the establishment of a Walkley History Society, who will use the Community Centre as its base.

For further information please contact Bill Bevan, 0114 2345411,, or visit

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund


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