Listen to audio extracts of people’s memories of Normanton

This is Normanton is a local history project that explores the changing landscape of Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road in Derby from the 1960's to the present day. This project is conceived by award winning theatre company Fifth Word in partnership with Derby Museums and made possible thanks to a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.

Arrivals

"If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, it stands to reason that I'm going to get there." Rachel Joyce
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Food

“To know a community is know its food" Gil Marks
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Festivals

“What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us” Ted Kennedy
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Arboretum

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn" Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Music

"Music is the universal language of mankind" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Meet the Interviewees

Project volunteers collected over eleven hours of taped interviews with members of the local community who talk about their lives and experiences of Normanton. The transcripts of these recordings will be housed at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library and will ensure the ever changing nature of this vibrant community is acknowledged, recorded and remains publically accessible for future generations.

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Acknowledgements


This is Normanton is a partnership project from Fifth Word Theatre and Derby Museums, supported by Derby Local Studies and Family History Library and made possible thanks to a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is Normanton is enormously grateful to the individuals who volunteered their time and skills and without whom the project would not have been possible:

A very special thank you is due to all those who were so generous in sharing their memories and stories of Normanton.

We would also like to acknowledge the support from: picturethepast.org.uk, Russell Pollard, Matthew Stallard, Mark Young, Mick McNaught, Tamás Miklós Fülep.

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About Fifth Word

Fifth Word is an award winning theatre company that produce bold and provocative new plays made in the East Midlands that tour across the country. Formed in 2007 by joint artistic directors Laura Ford and Angharad Jones, Fifth Word specialise in producing new plays that explore contemporary issues by upcoming and established playwrights through new commissions and full productions with partner venues. The work tells bold and timely stories that speaks to traditional theatre goers and next generation audience.

Beyond the stage

Fifth Word work with schools, youth groups and other organisations to provide projects that make a real difference to young people and their communities. we believe that creative learning actively engages young people in an exploratory and inspirational way - building confidence, independence and aspirations for both individuals and groups.

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Founded in 2012, Derby Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which is responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. It manages three sites across the city, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill. The Trust's aim is to bring as many of the objects and treasures in the collections into the public domain as is practically possible and present them in ways that delight and inspire, via education and learning programmes, events and exhibitions, in order to share knowledge and inspire creativity and making amongst the people of Derby. As a charitable trust, Derby Museums relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public, all of which is gratefully received in order to ensure that admission to the museums remains free for all.



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