Castlefield Forum have been working closely with Manchester City Council, BDP Landscape Architects, Smiling Wolf and Deco Publique to plan a regeneration scheme for our much-loved inner-city green space. The renovation provides us with a perfect opportunity to celebrate Castlefield’s unique history and a historic timeline has been proposed as a central feature of the project. Rather than the events of this timeline coming from historical references, we want them to be nominated by our community.
And so: since February 2017 we’ve been asking people connected to Castlefield to tell us their favourite stories and memories of the area. Firstly we sent out an online survey through the Forum’s social media, local press and via associated support groups. The response was fantastic, with nearly 50 people sharing what they love about Castlefiled. The stories and events that came back spanned nearly 2,000 years – from the original Roman settlement to today’s colourful social scene.
This left us with over 70 events, which we categorised under the themes of Science and Industry; Environment and Place; and Social. It was appropriate to link or group similar stories and so the final longlist numbered 43 events.
During the weekend of the Castlefield Food Festival we presented these events to more than 100 people. Each participant highlighted up to five events from each category they felt deserved to make the final cut. In addition to the live count, we circulated an online voting form so that people who were unable to attend the festival could also contribute. All of the votes were collated and can be found on our site and can also be downloaded as a PDF document for viewing here.
Funding permitting, these will form the basis of our bespoke Castlefield timeline and we invite you to watch this space for further updates.