The My Town, My Future website holds an ever expanding library of photographs of the town and is appealing for the public to add more with their own passionate telling of the stories behind the images.
Over recent months volunteers have been working with staff from Middlesbrough Council’s libraries team as well as writers and photographers to capture their passions of Middlesbrough.
The project has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England.
One of the volunteers involved has been 76-year-old Francis Arnett who got involved in the project at Marton Library.
He said: “I only came here 33 years ago when I came to work with Cleveland County Council. The organisations change and the people change but what we want to do is find things which are common and survive, one is people’s interest in where they come from and what links us together and makes us proud of where we are. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else now and there are other people who feel the same.”
Natalie Scott, a Teesside author who has been working with the volunteers, said: “It’s been a great experience in terms of seeing it develop and the range of stories people have to tell and the passion they have for where they come from – it’s wonderful.”
Ruth Cull, Middlesbrough Council’s library development officer, said: “We’ve recruited a fantastic team of volunteers who are working hard to digitise the photographic collection held in Middlesbrough Central Library so they can be shared online.
“It will be fascinating to see people’s reactions to these rarely seen images. The website also gives the opportunity to share stories about what it means to live in Middlesbrough today. Thanks to Arts Council England we’re able to share stories from the past, present and future about our town.”
- The website, developed by Middlesbrough Council’s digital team, can be found at www.mytownmyfuture.co.uk.