Can you help Wicksteed Park create an archive of your memories?

Reader's old picture of Wicksteed Park, Kettering
Reader's old picture of Wicksteed Park, Kettering

A nationwide search has been launched to find people, images and memorabilia to bring to life the history of Wicksteed Park.

The park has launched an archive project to capture the memories of generations of visitors and provide a detailed history of the many innovations in children’s play.

The search for information is being co-ordinated by Community Link Manager Charlotte Widgery, as part of the park’s lake restoration project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is being launched at a Memories Event in the park’s south pavilion between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, November 23.

People will be able to view historical video footage and photographs of the park, donate or allow photographs to be taken of items linked to the park’s history as well as allowing park volunteers to record their memories of visits over the years for an audio archive.

In the evening, from 6.30pm, there will also be talks by Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust and park founder Charles Wicksteed’s great grandson, and local author Ian Addis, who has written a book featuring the history of the park.

One of the main aims of the archive project will be to try and identify and trace some of the key people featured on old photographs, so they can help provide information and insights which have long since been forgotten.

Charlotte said: “The park is of huge importance to the heritage of the region, and has served the local community for over 90 years. The lake restoration is a fascinating project that will be of benefit to the park, its users and local people.

“We are asking local people and lovers of the park, to dig out old photos, postcards, documents and items relating to the site through the years to form part of the archive project.

“Wicksteed Park holds a special place in the hearts of many people across the UK and around the world and we are constantly amazed at the memories and items of interest which people hold.

“All these memories will be carefully recorded and shared with the public through exhibitions and in other ways.”