Middleton Life local history

Middleton Life volunteers put together a stained glass window, among other activities. Photo: Yvonne Deane

Middleton Life volunteers put together a stained glass window, among other activities. Photo: Yvonne Deane

Middleton Life is an exciting project involving South Leeds Life which has seen a group of Middleton residents become local history reporters and investigate the past of their community.

The hard work of members of the Middleton Life project was celebrated at a special event at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre  in summer 2012 when exhibition panels they helped put together were unveiled, alongside the premiere of a 20-minute film about Middleton’s history.

Local residents are cordially invited to pop into Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre to see the exhibition, which consists of panels, a special stained glass window, wall hanging and old photos.

Some of the members of Middleton Life

Some of the members of Middleton Life

Led by volunteers from the local community, Middleton Life received £49,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project, run by Health For All, aimed to empower residents to tell the history of the area and people’s life stories.

Not only have they put together panels celebrating Middleton’s history at the new £1.6 million Tenants Hall, they’ve interviewed their fellow residents about their memories and captured them for a special film, which we’ve split into six sections.

Here’s the first part:

 

You can watch all six parts on our special Youtube Channel.

The community-based reportersalso wrote a special Middleton heritage edition of South Leeds Life community magazine. You can read or print a copy below:

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With support from Cockburn School, some members researched and put together a small stained glass window, and pupils at nearby Middleton Primary School designed a special Middleton wall hanging. Both are displayed at Tenants Hall.

Middleton primary School pupils put together a wall hanging. Photo: John Baron/southleedslife.com

Middleton primary School pupils put together a wall hanging. Photo: John Baron/southleedslife.com

As part of the background research for the project, members enjoyed trips to Middleton Woods with The Friends of Middleton Park and Middleton Railway to explore the area’s rich mining and industrial heritage. They also visited Thackray Museum and the National Coalmining Museum.

And the group continues…

In early 2013 the group successfully applied for funding through Community First to continue the group. It reformed in February and now meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Acre Close, Middleton (1oam-noon).

The group – which now has its own committee made of local residents –  invites guest speakers on local history and is looking to put together a new publication on Middleton’s history.

For further information contact John Baron at Health For All on 0113 270 6903 or email .

You can find a feed of all Middleton Life posts on South Leeds Life here.

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