Hidden Voices: Students at University of Northampton ask local folk to share memories of their town
A group of undergraduate students from the University of Northampton are calling for Northampton residents to share their memories, photographs and anecdotes of Northampton’s buildings and places, as part of a project celebrating Northampton’s past and present.
Part of the ongoing Follow Northampton project, which created the app with the same name, this exciting project called ‘Hidden Voices’ aims to bring Northampton’s colourful history to life by collating memories from people across the town. The focus will be on buildings and places which have either disappeared or are altered and have changed their use so that the original buildings and sites only exist in the memories of the people.
The students are asking Northamptonians to answer the following questions:
- Is there a building you remember from your past that is no longer there?
- Or a building that has been repurposed and you would love to keep its past alive?
- Do you want to share your memories with fellow Northamptonians?
Northampton residents are encouraged to think about their memories and consider whether they would like them to be recorded. Participants can email their responses to the three questions to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or can fill in a short questionnaire and drop them in special collection boxes, located in the Tourist Information Centre, Northampton Central Library and in the Grosvenor Centre. If they are happy to share their memories face to face, the students will be in the town centre on the 16th of April, to talk to residents in person. This will be an open event, but everyone who leaves their contact details will be invited directly. The students are also looking for photographs of the town, especially those of buildings that are no longer standing.
The information gathered will be used to create a digital memory map which will be distributed via the Follow Northampton App and via other publicly available media.
Anybody who lives and works in Northampton or has done so in the past is invited to take part, and can contact the team directly at:
You can also follow us on Twitter @FollowNpton or leave us a message using the hashtag #HiddenVoices
The Hidden Voices project has been made possible by a Learning Enhancement & Innovation Grant from the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton, and is an entirely not-for-profit project.