Over the last 18 months, Barnsley Civic and a group of volunteers have captured the stories, histories and images of Barnsley’s teenage past, celebrating both similarities and differences over the generations. So, whether you were a Teddy Boy in the 1950’s, a New Romantic in the 1980’s or an Emo in the 2000’s, this project looked at the similarities and celebrated the differences of teenage experiences in Barnsley over the last 70 years.
Funded by Historic England and part of the Eldon Street Heritage Action Zone, the post-war history of Eldon Street was used as a starting point for hundreds of conversations. The project collected over 1,130 photographs and 185 stories; all of which form the beginnings of the Barnsley Youth Culture Archives, a partnership with Barnsley Archives.
Now as Barnsley Civic’s community engagement moves into different areas of Barnsley, we’d like to continue to collecting stories of Barnsley youth culture, so this Autumn our oral historians will be resident in Wombwell Library, to collect stories and photographs of teenage memories of Wombwell and the surrounding areas.
We want to hear about everything, your time at school, your first job, your favourite teen outfit, your favourite Wombwell hangouts and where you went on dates!
No need to book in advance. Just drop-in on one of the following dates:
Mon 2nd October 11am – 1pm
Tue 10th October 12pm – 2pm
Mon 23rd Oct 11am – 1pm
Tue 7th November 12pm – 2pm
Thu 16th November 4pm – 6pm
Just like we did with our Eldon Street stories, we will once again share your stories with a group of local teenagers from Netherwood Academy and work with them to develop a brand-new piece of community theatre.
If you can’t make the dates but would still like to share, contact us on 01226 327000 or [email protected]