Ilkley Manor House Trust is inviting local residents to share their memories of the Manor House for a special archive project ‘Memories of the Manor House’ launching this month.
The Trust is working with The University of Leeds to capture local memories of the site, which first became a museum and art gallery in 1959. The Ilkley Manor House Trust took over the running of the site from Bradford Council in 2018, and the memories project is one of a series of new initiatives to develop a closer link between the house and the local community.
The Trust will be contacting residents’ groups and local organisations to host memories sessions but is also inviting anyone with memories to contact the Manor House directly. The project organisers will be happy to come out to talk to people in their own homes or come along to existing groups to explore their memories.
“We would love to hear from people living in Ilkley, or who now live far and wide, to tell us what they remember about the house before it became a museum and art gallery: perhaps someone in your family lived or was born in the cottages, or you used to play in the grounds when you were a child? Are there any stories in your family about the place? We’d love to capture these memories so that we can bring this part of the history of the house alive for visitors and historians. Our plan is to use these memories in a special exhibition in 2021.”
Jenna Holmes, Trustee
Anyone who would like to get involved in the project is invited to contact the Manor House for further information by
ringing 01943 607030
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
writing to us at Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley, LS29 9DT.
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