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Exhibition to change opinion of an estate

'Bridging the History' event at Meadows, North Shields, with (left to right) Philippa Southall-Community Co-ordinator, Mayor Norma Redfearn, Pat Hope-local historian and residents Dianne Heslop and Wendy King. 
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'Bridging the History' event at Meadows, North Shields, with (left to right) Philippa Southall-Community Co-ordinator, Mayor Norma Redfearn, Pat Hope-local historian and residents Dianne Heslop and Wendy King. REF 2805143557

An exhibition has been created after residents felt their community had been badly represented on television.

‘The Bridging the History’ project was formed after residents in Meadowell were angry at the way the area had been represented in the TV show The Queen of North Shields.

They came together at The Meadows Community Centre to put their own feelings together about the estate and the community around them.

Weekly sessions have been taking place since last year and they received support from Meadow Well Connected’s community co-ordinator Philippa Southall, as well as Northern Architecture and The Imagine Project.

Mayor Norma Redfearn was on hand last week to officially open the exhibition, which features a 3D timeline consisting of pictures, statements, digital recordings and objects from the past.

Attendees also added their own personal memories to the centre’s memory tree.

Sarah Byrne, business co-ordinator at The Meadows, said: “Residents shared some amazing stories and decided that they would like to create a project that reflects all the positive aspects of Meadowell.

“The group will continue to run and the next stage of the project is currently under way, which we see them convert the history digitally through an intergenerational project.

“They welcome new members who are either past/current residents of Meadowell or who have an interest in supporting an expression of history to make an impact on the future.”

The exhibition is still on show. More pictures and stories are also on the group’s Facebook page ‘The Ridges Past and Present’.

 

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