The first residents of the overspill estate at Hattersley moved into their new homes in May 1963. As with the other overspill estates the residents came from areas of Manchester that had been demolished as part of the post-war housing clearance programme. This saw over a third of Mancunians move from areas close to the city centre to purpose built estates on the edge of the city.
The Mancunian Reunion Project is similar in aim to the Overspill project and in 2005 they started working to bring Hattersley residents together to share memories of their Manchester roots, and their experiences of building a life in a new community. At a series of events and community workshops Hattersley residents decided that they wanted to preserve their local history, which had previously not been officially archived. From these workshops the Mancunian Reunion Project came into being and the collection of memories of people who had moved to Hattersley in the 1960s and early 70s began. Since the first event in 2005 at Hattersley Library over 200 Hattersley residents have been involved.
We love the idea of being able to continue the work done by the Mancunian Reunion Project in the capturing and archiving of the local history of Hattersley. If you have any memories that you would like to share with us about living in Hattersley, especially if you moved there from Manchester, then please head over to Tell Us Your Story.
If you are interested in the Mancunian Reunion Project and would like more information please visit their website here.