The Memories Materialised archive was made by two groups of very different people. In 2012 and 2013 a group of young people from Levenshulme, aged 10-17, worked with a group of older people who all had personal memories of this part of Stockport Road, fifty years ago. Reflecting contemporary life in Levenshulme, the young people come from a wide range of European, Caribbean and south Asian backgrounds. The differences in the ages of the whole team provided insights into the changes that have occurred over time. Experiencing the Stockport Road of 1963 is very different from experiencing it in 2012.

Together they discussed, told stories and documented recollections to bring together what they remember of the Street. They also directed the construction of the Walkthrough and edited a small print version of the Archive and Walkthrough which was given away door-to-door in Levenshulme when the project was launched in 2013.

The section of Stockport Road in Levenshulme, Manchester was chosen by the older people who were all members of Levenshulme History Group. It is a challenge to bring together any group of people who share memories of a particular place from fifty years ago. So, part of the selection of this stretch of Stockport Road was practical. 1963 was an important year for the Road, although no-one really recognised it at the time. It was the year when the types of shops that had been trading since the nineteenth century started to change or disappear. The first supermarket opened just along the Road in 1963.

Younger and older members of the team working together. October 2012.

What is People’s History?

Memories Materialised is a people’s history project. People’s history documents the experiences, memories, feelings and opinions of ordinary people through any medium.

Any past experience is a subject for people’s history, whether it happened yesterday or fifty years ago. And anyoneís experience is valuable to document. Similarly, people’s history material can be documented in any way. The Memories Materialised team have made use of creative methods like writing, computer simulation, collage and drawing as well as sound recording to compile this new local archive.

Peopleís history is really about significant detail ñ it attempts to make visible those aspects of peopleís lives that are often forgotten. It aims to record what you think is significant in your life and make it visible and available for people in the future.