The Lace Market: Living History Project

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop, 18 St Mary's Gate, The Lace Market, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1PF
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The Lace Market: Living History Project


Tuesday 12 November 2013

The Lace Market: Living History Project is working to capture and share the social history of Nottingham’s Lace Market, and is exploring new approaches to giving people connected with this area a voice.

As part of this work, we are seeking to collect stories, memories and experiences of life in the Lace Market, from people who have lived or worked here, or who feel a personal or historical connection to it in any way. We are committed to treating this material respectfully, and to exploring methods for sharing and archiving it for the benefit of the Lace Market community.

To launch this project, we are working with Deborah Tyler-Bennett, a local poet and author, to host two interesting and stimulating workshops that are open to everyone, both on the 12th November:

Workshop one: 10:00 - 12:00
Workshop two: 13:00 - 15:00

Both workshops are hosted at Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop, an inspiring contemporary craft & design shop at 18 St. Mary's Gate. Debbie will be providing a warm welcome with tea and home-made cake for all participants.

For each of the two workshops, we need twelve participants who have a story to share about St. Mary’s Gate, which is one of the oldest streets in the Lace Market, with a history stretching back more than a thousand years. Any story is interesting and valuable– whether it is a personal memory of living, working or socialising on this street, an interesting piece of history that you have learned about it or a story about a family connection. If you have a story to share, and would like to meet other people connected to the area, then please consider joining us.

Whatever your story, Deborah will use her experience to help you work out how to tell it best, and you will be given ample time to share your story with the other workshop participants. If weather permits, we may even walk out onto St. Mary’s Gate and tell our stories there! Where participants are willing, we will record you telling your stories, but if you do not want to be recorded, just tell us, and we will turn the camera off!

Both workshops are free, and will provide an inspiring and unique experience for participants. If you would like to take part, then we need some information from you. We will be selecting workshop participants on Friday 8th November, so please send the following to us by then:

Your full name
Your postal address
An email address (if you have one)
A contact phone number
A few lines describing how you are connected to the Lace Market
A few lines describing stories that you might share about St. Mary’s Gate
Whether you would like to attend workshop one or two (or whether you can attend either)
Any restrictions in your physical or mental abilities that we need to cater for

Information will only be used for the purposes of organising the workshop. Message us on facebook, email it to or post it to:

Stefan Rennick-Egglestone
School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG9 1BB

We have a maximum of twenty-four spaces across the two workshops, and will contact you as soon as possible after the 8th November to let you know whether you have a space or not.

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