We welcomed the first group of volunteers for the working class history project for an evening on the 8th November at our office in Pink Sands Studio.
Throughout the evening we spoke about our own memories of the places we live, work and grew up, not just limited to Birkenhead. It was a really lovely night to get everyone involved and thinking about the project. Be sure to keep an eye out for our volunteers at various pop events and give them a warm welcome.
We took down some stories of our (Andy, Ryan and the Volunteers) own to input into the project these are:
Location of memory: Ferry and bus terminal
Date/Era of memory: 1964-67
Your story or History:
Lived in L8 with grandmother, and twice per year she would visit Pensby. To get there we would get a bus, ferry and another bus, as at the time Wirral was outside of Merseyside area and had a different bus system. These were Crossville. This trip would take a whole day and felt really far away.
Location of memory: Birkenhead Park
Date/Era of Memory: 2012
Your Story or History: I volunteered in college with the Park rangers team. This was something we had to do in college, (i studied at Birkenhead Sixth Form College). I mostly had to cut hedges and litter pick and i’d do this every wednesday for about 3 months with my friends Ben and Sam (who i was also in a band with). The Rangers always used to tell us stories about the park and some of the more grizzly tales of things that have happened to people. Its a happy memory i have of college and spending time with my friends.
Location of memory: Make Hamilton Square, Birkenhead
Date/ Era of the memory 21st Century (early 2022).
Your Story or History: Having my first studio space in Make Hamilton Square. My first taste of being an artist out university. It is also where i have made some of my most challenging pieces.
Location of Memory: Birkenhead Market
Date/ Era of Memory: 1970ish
Your Story or History: My Mum took me to Birkenhead Market (old one) to get a 21st Birthday present for my brother. I would have been about 9 or 10. I was really excited as we were getting him a watch which was a big thing and she let me pick it!
Location of memory: Future Yard, Birkenhead
Date/ Era of Memory: August 2022
Your Story of History: Went to a gig here at Future yard to see a local band with my friends and had a good night!
Location or memory: Birkenhead Park
Date/ Era of Memory: 2021 (during the covid lockdown)
Your Story or History: Spent many Saturdays walking up through the park to Oxton, grabbing a takeaway coffee and walking back down the hill, sitting and walking round the park chatting. Literally my only outdoor entertainment for months. Haven’t done this as much since and i do miss those walks
If you are interested on volunteering on the project get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading ‘Volunteer’