AN AMBITIOUS project is being launched in Worcester which will see thousands of historic photos made available for the first time in a bid to encourage residents to share their own stories about them.
The Worcester Life Stories project will go on display at the Guildhall tomorrow from midday until 4pm, where residents will get the chance to explore what the city’s High Street looked like in 1951.
If the event is successful it will help shape a funding application being made to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which could see the Worcester Life Stories resource made available online.
This will give city residents the chance to upload their own stories and images.
Sheena Payne-Lunn, Worcester City Council’s historic environment record officer, said: “There are images from all across the City and we’re sure that you’ll be able to tell us much more about the places that they depict.
“We want to hear your stories about Worcester, and your ideas on how we can make this collection available for generations to come.”
Dr Natasha Lord, clinical psychologist at Worcestershire Care and Health Trust, got involved in the project by using heritage collections to aid reminiscence work with older people.
She said: “I am excited to explore the idea of sharing historical images within healthcare and the wider community, as we recognise the value of photographs in bringing people together, not only as a way of sharing memories, but sometimes simply to provide meaningful conversation and relationships.
“This can have an impact for people that may be experiencing loneliness or that have become socially isolated. I look forward to seeing the project progress.”