A spHall 1ecial event called We Love Wythenshawe Hall is being held from 12 Noon to 4pm at Wythenshawe Hall on Saturday (16 February).

It features a chance to share your memories of the much-loved local landmark in a Big Brother style diary room.

So if you want to make sure that your memories of the hall live on – this is your moment to have your say in a way that will immortalise your magic memories and allow you to save them for posterity.

If you want to share your love for Wythenshawe Hall on Saturday – you can be sure of a warm welcome from the organisers who would like to hear your comments and see your old photographs. You also have the chance to record your memories in the video diary room which will then be edited into a short film.

Other attractions on the day will include the chance to take part in a textile workshop and to join a poetry workshop with poet Mike Garry which will give people the chance to contribute to a group poem about Wythenshawe Hall.

A guest speaker will also be on hand to give an insight into a famous local family – the  Watkin’s family. They are important figures in the history of Manchester and their home Northenden was visited by Charles Dickens, among others.

At the end of the day the footage will be edited by Salford University journalism students into a short film, to be shown at the next open weekend in March.

Wythenshawe Hall was forced to close in 2011 while long-term funding was sought for its future. But, thanks to the support of a friends group working with council staff, it has been able to reopen for specific events once a month.

The majority of the volunteers signed up to the friends group during the Wythenshawe Games in July – the town’s own version of London 2012 – when the Tudor hall was open for entire event. The games ran over nine days and 10,000 people got involved with the sporting and cultural programme, which centred around Wythenshawe Park and the hall.

Council Nigel Murphy, Executive Member for the Environment at Manchester City Council, said: “Wythenshawe Hall has played a cultural role in the lives of generations of Wythenshawe residents and countless visitors – it’s a great twist now to have a modern take on maintaining the historic memories of such an imposing building.”

So, if you love Wythenshawe Hall, come and share the love and enjoy this celebration of the local landmark from 12 Noon to 4pm on Saturday 16 February.



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