Discover Your Local Heritage

Discover Your Local Heritage

Whilst I’ve always loved national and world history, it struck me recently how little in comparison I know about my area’s local history.

Coming from a relatively small borough in East Manchester and being at a bit of a loose end, I took a trip today with my youngest daughter, Mia, to a heritage centre within a couple of miles of our home, Portland Basin. Here are some of the things we discovered:

Playing dress up in the Victorian school house. Children had to write with their right-hand.

A peak inside a typical home from the past

The local “chippy” fish and chip shop where families could, for a relatively small fee feed their family from leftovers if they were especially poor.
The corner shop – felt very reminiscent of “Open All Hours”.
The church was the centre of the community around 100 years ago.

A few souvenirs, fans, jewellery boxes and a yoyo!

Portland Basin is in Ashton-under-Lyne and completely free to look around, perhaps on a wet and rainy day in Manchester or take a picnic on a sunny day and enjoy the heritage centre followed by lunch in the picnic area.

I learnt so much that I didn’t know, even though I’d been before, a long time ago that it really made me feel connected to my home town and the people who have lived and worked here from the very beginning, through the Dark and Medieval Ages, the Industrial Revolution right through to the modern day.

Why not visit your local heritage centre to see what you can discover and let me know in the comments?


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