This is Normanton is an exciting Fifth Word community project run in partnership with Derby Museums and with support from Derby Local Studies and Family History Library. It tracks the changing landscape of Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road from the 1960’s to present day.
We want to explore how the population, landscape and culture of Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road has changed and developed over the years as new communities have migrated and settled here.
The project culminates in an original theatre performance and the creation brand new exhibition that will launch at Derby Museums as well as visiting venues across the city throughout 2018.
We are currently working with volunteers and community members to undertake archival research and to record personal stories from a range of residents about living and settling in the area. If you are interested in sharing any of your memories about living in Normanton or have any photographs of the area from the 1960’s onwards that you would like to share with us then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derby Local Studies and Family History Library has supported the project from an early stage, making its wealth of archival sources available and providing training and ongoing support to ensure the project volunteers make best use of their research time. Many images and newspaper articles from the collection were identified during the research and have proved invaluable in building an understanding of the area’s history. By return, the additional information and stories gathered during the project will be added to the library’s existing resources, helping to ensure the ever-changing nature of this vibrant community is acknowledged, recorded and remains publically accessible for the future.
This is Normanton has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).