This project is supported by:

The Overspill Project ran for 20 months from January 2019 to October 2020.

Cartwheel Arts in Heywood secured £63,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to collect and share memories and stories of the movement of people from Manchester’s slums to the newly built overspill estates in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The project had a particular focus on Darnhill in Heywood and Langley in Middleton but we collected stories from all of Manchester’s overspill estates.

During the project we recorded oral histories with local people, produced a short film of the project, a book and hosted an exhibition at the People’s History Museum in central Manchester.

If you have a story, a quote, a photo or some memorabilia that you would like to share with us then we can still up load these to the website. Please click here to get in touch.


This project would not be possible without the generous support of The Heritage Lottery, funded by the players of the National Lottery

We would also like to thank Riverside Housing in Langley and the Guinness Partnership in Darnhill for supporting the project.

Finally, a big thank you to Archives Plus and Rochdale archives for their research support and permission to use archive photographs.  

About Cartwheel Arts

Cartwheel Arts has been delivering Art for a Reason (using the arts to address social issues) for over 30 years. We promote social inclusion, cohesion, diversity and regeneration through community participation in vibrant, innovative, high-quality arts projects.
Cartwheel promotes imaginative, and often challenging arts projects – not shying away from confronting difficult or sensitive issues. With a focus on participation, enabling people who may have had little experience of the arts to explore and develop their creativity and talents, generating a sense of ownership and pride.


For further details about the project please contact the project manager Vicki Greer at Cartwheel Arts on 01706 361300 or email

Cartwheel Arts:

110 Manchester Street, Heywood, OL10 1DW

Charity: 519394 Company: 2161995