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I first started work on this project when pregnant in 2014. My daughter’s now 3 and we’ve finally finished – in style! It’s been a pleasure working with colleagues Harriet Morgan-Shami, Cath Ford and Shonagh Short as well as members of the Crafty Lasses art group at St Chad’s. (I do hope they find momentum and funding to carry on as they’re such a creative and dedicated bunch.)  You can see the fruits of our labour in an exhibition at Limehurst Library which travels to Gallery Oldham in May. You can also listen to memories of Daisy Nook, Hollinwood and Limehurst by visiting Oldham Local Studies Library where our 15 oral history interviews have been archived.

Listening to the recollections of others brought back personal memories of my own as well as the rediscovery of a long lost photograph of me with my Mum and Dad on a boat at Crime Lake in the early 1980s. I enjoyed the chance to reminisce and will be sure to take a trip to Daisy Nook again next time the sun is shining.

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My colleague Hannah Niblett and I, seem to have made it on to the conference circuit, sharing our insight of community-led work in museums and archives. Yesterday we presented a paper ‘Coming in from the Cold: Narrowing the Gap between Community Engagement and Collection Development’ to delegates at the DCDC National Archives Conference. It seemed to be well received, with much debate afterwards, around issues of authorship, ownership and access to historical narratives.

I also had the pleasure of chairing a session the previous day, exploring issues relating to the preservation and interpretation of memories of conflict. (A subject close to my heart when I have time to practice as an artist.) I’m so thankful for opportunities such as these, to learn new things and consider new ideas.

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I was recently involved in some audience development work for Gallery Oldham, helping to inspire new audiences for their natural history collection. I particularly enjoyed creating an eye-catching flyer to encourage people with no prior interest in the subject to attend regular discussion sessions.

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For the past few weeks I’ve been sourcing, adapting and embellishing children’s dressing up costumes for a forthcoming exhibition at Gallery Oldham. ‘Watercolours from the Lees Collection’ features some of the Gallery’s most treasured artworks and runs from 19th Nov 2016 to 15th April 2017.

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Yesterday I spent the second of two Saturdays running art workshops for families in Rochdale. The first weekend we made Victorian thaumatropes (basic animation comprised of 2 drawings on either side of a spinning disc) while battling the wind in an open-sided gazebo. The second weekend we made artists’ books in the warmth of Touchstones Museum, while the rain lashed down in torrents outside.

Intrepid families braved the weather to get involved and made some really fantastic work.Thaumatrope picture combinations included a fish and a net, a bee and a flower, a swimmer and the sea and a fish and a unicorn! Topics for books ranged from secret codes to life cycles, diaries and The Great War. Thanks to everyone who took part.

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For this year’s Manchester Day Parade on Sunday, Glenys Walsh and I produced a banner celebrating the first time that 1 million volts of electricity were generated. This feat of electrical engineering was achieved by Ferranti at his factory in Hollinwood in 1925. The theme was selected to celebrate Manchester’s role as ‘European City of Science 2016’.

CommunityShowcase2016-4We’ve had an interesting week, with lots of events taking place at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre as part of the Manchester Histories Festival. Look out for our stall at the Town Hall this Saturday…