VIDEO: Wicksteed Park opens its archives

The history of Wicksteed Park has been shown off at a special exhibition at the Kettering venue today (Saturday, November 23).

Dozens of old photos were on display, with park bosses hoping more people will be inspired to dig out old memorabilia themselves.

Wicksteed Memories :Kettering: Wicksteed Park, a nationwide search has been launched to find people, images and memorabilia to bring to life the history of the home of children's play. Wicksteed Park. 'L-r Community Link Manager Charlotte Widgery with Mick Freeman (visitor) and Peter MacGregor (volunteer archivist) 'Saturday 23rd  November 2013

Wicksteed Memories :Kettering: Wicksteed Park, a nationwide search has been launched to find people, images and memorabilia to bring to life the history of the home of children's play. Wicksteed Park. 'L-r Community Link Manager Charlotte Widgery with Mick Freeman (visitor) and Peter MacGregor (volunteer archivist) 'Saturday 23rd November 2013

Wicksteed Park, which was founded in 1921, has received about £2m in heritage lottery funding to regenerate its lake but also to help sort out its archives in order to bring it to life for the public.

“All the exhibitions have been put together by volunteers,” said Charlotte Widgery, the park’s community link manager. “There are things on display which have never been shown before.

“We are asking people to bring in their own photos or memories, which we can then add to our archives.”

One of the volunteer archivists, Peter MacGregor, added: “The aim is to have a couple of exhibitions a year.

“(The park) has been so much a part of people’s lives in the area since it opened.”

This evening, meanwhile, a book detailing some of the history of Wicksteed Park, North Park and the Pleasure Park, all in Kettering, will be officially launched by its author Ian Addis.