Southwater photo archive to take residents down memory lane

Camel racing in Telford Town Park, aerial views of Telford’s New Town Estates, Stirchley, Hollinswood and Randlay as they were built and a brand new railway station.

Southwater photo archive to take residents down memory lane

These are just a few of the photos to be discovered on the digital table at the new Southwater Library from the Telford Development Corporation archive covering the 1960s to the 1980s.

Telford & Wrekin Council is holding two drop in sessions for local residents to view the pictures and learn how to use the digital table.

These are taking place on Tuesday 4 November between 10.30am - 11.30am and Wednesday 26 November between 2.30pm - 3.30pm, both at the Southwater Library.

The sessions will highlight some of the photos that people can discover and ask people to share any memories inspired by looking at them.

These memories will then be added to the growing archive on the table as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to create a digital archive of photos and memories of Telford as it became a New Town.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Libraries, said: “We have a growing treasure trove of photographs and people’s memories of them and we are keen to ensure that residents know the archive is here and how to access it.

“As a town, here in Telford we have been on a remarkable journey in the last 50 years beginning with becoming a New Town and all the development that went with that.

“I think it is wonderful that our most recent development at Southwater can be used to access all those memories and we would invite local people to drop in, have a free cuppa with us and reminisce.

“And don’t worry if you can’t make those dates – we are planning more going forward including lunchtime and Saturday dates. Just keep an eye on the Library What’s On in November for more details.”

The new Southwater Library opened in the summer as part of Telford & Wrekin Council’s £250m Southwater development. Southwater is a public/private sector partnership aimed at creating a vibrant night time economy in Telford town centre.

It includes a range of restaurants, a hotel, an 11 screen IMAX Cineworld , a multi storey car park and potential for more businesses and apartments in the future.