Volunteers from Redfern’s Cottage have been visiting local care homes and the Holly Road Supportive Centre to meet people who have lived in Uttoxeter most of their lives to hear about the way the town has changed over the past 50 years.

The Reminiscence sessions are taking place throughout this year of the Redfern’s Cottage re-development project and volunteers have been trained to run them effectively and sensitively. The aim is to find out interesting snippets of information about the town in the past and record this for future research.

“We know that a lot of history isn’t recorded in books so this is about using oral history to learn more about the town’s past. It is also a great opportunity for older people to share their stories with others and feel part of the community” Said Project Manager Laura Wigg-Bailey

The museum on Carter Street is also holding a public drop-in Reminiscence session for anyone to attend on the 5th May from 11-1pm.

“We welcome anyone who has lived or worked in the town pre-1975 and who would like to share some of their memories of people, shops and life in general. We show pictures of the town in the past and that sparks conversation over a cup of tea and a ‘NICE’ biscuit” Said volunteer David Marriott who helps run the sessions.

Redfern’s Cottage will be running a wide variety of free public events this year whilst renovations and new building works are ongoing so to find out more visit their Facebook page or keep an eye out for posters in the museum windows until their new website is launched in May.