Cannon Street Revisited

Cannon Street was a thriving community at the heart of Middlesbrough. A community lost, but not forgotten.

As part of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival, Hands on Middlesbrough in partnership with Ageing Better Middlesbrough are hosting “Cannon Street Revisited” on Saturday 22nd October at St Columba’s Church at 10.30am-4.30pm.

In May, “Cannon Street Revisited” had over 300 visitors at the Dorman Museum, and old friends and family were reunited.

The event at St Columba’s Church will run throughout the day and will include: history talks, screenings and recently digitised interviews filmed during the cannon street demolition (courtesy of North East Film Archive & BBC North East). There will also be a community exhibition with photographs taken from the Cannon Street Revisited Facebook page.

Hands on Middlesbrough is a community group of volunteers set up to protect, support and promote Middlesbrough’s heritage and green spaces.  This project has been set up to create a free digital archive documenting Cannon Street residents going back to the 1911 census. This has been created with the help of ST Media and local historians Alison Brown & Ian Stubbs. The aim is for the archive to be used in schools, for family history, historical research, reminiscence therapy and to bring members of the community back together.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough, a Big Lottery Funded programme working to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the town, will also be offering the opportunity for people to learn how to share photos online, set up Facebook pages, access the digital archive and will be hosting a number of community workshops in the coming months.

Scarlet Pink, Chair of Hands on Middlesbrough said:

“Cannon Street Revisited isn’t just a one-off event and we hope to ensure the streets and their residents are not consigned to a historical footnote and eventually forgotten.  We would be happy to enlist help from anyone who would like to share information, be interviewed or get involved in research”.

“My own personal connection with Cannon Street comes via my Grandad, George McNeil who was born in Severs Street in 1923, moved to Cannon Street but was bombed out during the war. it can’t be denied that Cannon Street had…and still has a special place in people’s hearts and is an important part of our heritage”.

We would like for people to contact us if they have any photographs they would like us to scan or any memories they would like to share.


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